Keran: Gunbattle Against Terrorists Enters 14th Day

Keran: Gunbattle Against Terrorists Enters 14th Day

7 October 2013
The Hindustan Times


Srinagar: The Indian Army’s operation against holed-up militants in Keran sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir entered its 14th day on Monday with heavy gunfire being exchanged in the morning. The area has been cordoned off and Army officials have confirmed that there has been a massive infiltration attempt in the Shalbhatti village. The army launched a massive anti-infiltration operation in Shalbhatti village in Keran Sector on September 24 after noticing a group of 30 to 40 militants trying to sneak into the Valley. So far, the army has been successful in keeping the infiltrators at bay. A massive search operation is also on to locate and eliminate Pakistan-backed infiltrators. Earlier, the army had foiled infiltration attempts at Gujjardur and Fateh Gali near Shalbhatti. On Sunday, two Army generals visited the Keran sector and took stock of the situation. 'General Officer Commanding in Chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra and General Officer Commanding of the 15 Corps Lt Gen Gurmit Singh have visited the area to review the situation on ground,' Officiating Brigadier General Staff (BGS) Colonel Sanjay Mitra said. At least seven militants have been killed so far – three in Gujjardur village on Friday and four in Fateh Gali area of the sector on Saturday. Earlier, the Army had said 10 to 12 militants were believed to have been killed in Shalbhatti village but the bodies could not be retrieved as the operation against the remaining militants was in progress. At least five soldiers have been injured in gunbattle. The army has termed reports about capture of some posts by the infiltrators as 'absurd', saying the troops are in total control of the operation. The army has also dismissed comparisons to the crossborder infiltrations that led to the Kargil war. '(The) situation is not anywhere close to Kargil,' Gen Bikram Singh, chief of Indian Army, had said earlier.