Kashmir Infiltration: New Group Of Militants Spotted, Army Kills 3

Kashmir Infiltration: New Group Of Militants Spotted, Army Kills 3

4 October 2013
The Hindustan Times
Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: The army says that by far the biggest intrusion by Pakistan-based militants in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir is a desperate attempt to replenish depleting militant ranks in the valley before the onset of winter. The army and 30-40 militants have been locked in a battle since September 24, a week before the Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India met in Washington to discuss various issues, incursions along the Line of Control (LoC) among them. The fight continued today also, with the army claiming it killed three militants who were part of a fresh batch that tried to infiltrate in another area, Gujjar Tur, possibly to assist those holed up in Shala Batu village since September 23. The two areas are 30km apart. Army spokesman Naresh Vij said, “These infiltrations bids are a desperate attempt on part of militants to replenish depleting ranks before winters because the army has successfully foiled several infiltration attempts, killing about 40 militants, near the LoC this year.” He said the army is keenly watching the new trend, as witnessed in Keran sector, whereby militants fan out only in a particular border area to engage the army for longer periods. On Friday, he said a fresh group of militants was spotted in the wee hours in Gujjar Tur area. In the gunfight that ensued three militants were killed. The army is not sure about the strength of the fresh group but “other accompanying militants have been pushed back,” he said. Vij refused to comment on reports that more militants were being pushed into the valley to help those besieged in Shala Batu.