Four more ultras killed along LoC in Keran sector

Four more ultras killed along LoC in Keran sector

Continuing its operation against infiltrators, the Army on Saturday killed four ultras along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Keran sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Sources told Deccan Herald that a group of four heavily armed militants after cutting fence along the LoC at about 10:30 pm on Friday managed to sneak some three kilometres into the Indian side near Fateh Gali in Keran sector which lies about 25 kilometres from Shalabatoo area where operation against the infiltrating ultras entered the 12th day on Saturday.

“Troops of 12 Garwal Rifles challenged the militants ensuing gun battle which lasted for an hour resulting in killing of four unidentified militants and injuring a trooper,” they said.

The injured trooper has been identified as hawaldar Parveen Singh. Three ultras were killed in the same sector by the Army on Friday. “The bodies of four slain intruders along with a large quantity of war like stores including six AK-47 rifles, 10 pistols, four UBGL, four disposable rocket launchers and six small rucksacks have been recovered so far,” Army sources said.  
They said that the Army has launched a massive search operation across Kupwara forests which include Divar, Gagal, Doorswani, Sheikh Nad , Kant Pora, Jumgand, Chowkibal, Trum Nad, Manchithar and Batpora forests following the rise in infiltration attempts from across the border.

A senior Army official said that the area of operation has been widened and more elite troops have been rushed to the area. “The hiding militants are using global positioning system and are highly trained to sustain a longer operation inside hills. Militants continue to dominate areas where the army’s Khokri and Kullar posts are located,” he said.

A defence spokesman, however, once again denied that any post, village or territory has been captured by the militants. “These reports are rubbish,” he said. “Around six square km area is under operation right now. The operation is on in a tough terrain with steep rugged mountain slopes, streams and dense forests.”

“We are deliberately going slow to avoid any casualty,” he added. The Army and dozens of well trained ultras supported by Pakistan Army have been locked in a battle in Keran sector since September 24, a week before the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan met in Washington to discuss various issues, including incursions along the LoC. Meanwhile, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command Lieutenant General Sanjiv Chachra on Saturday visited forward areas of Keran sector where he held a meeting with senior officers in the frontier district regarding to recent intrusion in Shalabatoo area by militants.

General Chachra, the sources said, accompanied by GOC 15-Corps, General Gurmit Singh carried the aerial survey of Keran sector and took stock of the situation.

“The Army apprehends that intruders might have dumped large amount of arms and ammunition besides some food essentials to survive for long,” they said and added in the next two days, the GOC-in-C is scheduled to visit the forward formations and units to review the anti-infiltration grid.

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