Security forces gun down four militants in Kashmir
SRINAGAR: Security forces gun down four heavily-armed
militants in Keran sector near the Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Kupwara
“In this operation which is on since last night, four
terrorists have been killed. Eight AK-47 rifles have been recovered along with
a number of rucksacks and a lot of other equipments for navigation purposes,”
General Officer Commanding of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt Gen Subrata Saha told
reporters here on Friday, 60 km from Srinagar.
He said it was premature to say whether the slain
militants were trying to infiltrate into the Valley from across the Line of
Control or were ex-filtrating. “Even as we speak, the operation is going on.
The operation has to conclude first and we have to see the kind of recoveries
and that will give us an indication whether it was an infiltration attempt or
an ex-filtration bid. It will be a little premature for me to make a comment on
that,” the Army commander said.
Earlier, a defence spokesman said the operation was
launched in Keran sector following a specific input about the movement of
militants who were trying to ex-filtrate from the Valley to Pakistan-occupied
Kashmir. Lt Gen Saha said the Army has put in place a robust
counter-infiltration grid to check attempts of militants to sneak into the
“We have a pretty robust counter-infiltration grid.
There are troops who cover the obstacles by firing and there are surveillance
devices to keep a watch round the clock. There are other innovative measures in
place which we could not divulge due to operational secrecy,” he said adding “do
feel assured that it is a very robust counter-infiltration grid and that is the
reason why a number of infiltration attempts have been foiled in the recent
In reply to a question about appearance of flags of
al-Qaeda during protests in Srinagar, Lt Gen Saha said the issue is getting
highest security concern and the ‘attention of all of us.’