Lt Col injured in encounter with militants in J&K’s Kupwara district

Security forces had launched a search operation in Bhawan village in on Saturday night following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: November 23, 2015 3:49 am

A Lieutenant Colonel was wounded in a fierce gunfight between militants and Army in Kupwara’s Manigah forests. This is the third gun battle between soldiers and militants in Manigah since Army cordoned off the border village on November 14.

As the soldiers continued their search for the militants, who escaped after killing Colonel Santosh Mahadik in Manigah forests, they intercepted a group of militants on Sunday late afternoon resulting in a gunfight.

While the militants again managed to escape, a Lt Colonel was wounded in the gunfight. The injured Army officer has been identified as Lt Col K S Nath of the Territorial Army.

“One of our officers has been injured (in the gunfight)…The operation in the area continues,” defence spokesperson Colonel NN Joshi told The Indian Express.

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On November 14, Army and police launched an operation in the Manigah forests of Kupwara after inputs about presence of a group of militants there. As the Army were searching the forest area, they came under fire resulting in death of a soldier. While the Army sent reinforcements to the area and deployed elite para commando force for the operation, Colonel Mahadik was killed in another gunfight in the area.

The operation in the area has been on for more than a week now but militants have, so far, managed to give the Army a slip. Police sources said that the militant group, which is believed to have infiltrated into the Valley recently, is highly trained and heavily armed.

The fog in the upper reaches, police sources added, was also aiding the militants.

The Army is engaged in three massive cordon and search operations in different parts of north Kashmir.

While soldiers have cordoned off and launched a combing operation in the higher reaches of Chuntimulla forests of Bandipore from more than a month now, another group of soldiers is combing the Rajwar forests in Handwara.

On Saturday evening, militants escaped after engaging the soldiers in a gunfight in Bhawan village of Rajwar in Handwara.

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  1. C
    Concerned Indian
    Nov 22, 2015 at 3:29 pm
    Why are we bothered, let us watch India play cricket with stan in the morning, enjoy an evening of Ghulam Ali's Ghazal and read "Neither a Hawk nor a Dove" by former stan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri in the bed.
    1. B
      Nov 22, 2015 at 4:35 pm
      I still cannot fathom the reason, why so many casualities. There is something wrong in the strategy. Armed forces must be trained to understand detailed topography of the J&K and other border regions. Mountainous topography itself is dangerous.
      1. S
        Nov 22, 2015 at 5:49 pm
        Anytime one of our soldiers is injured or killed in an encounter with the militants, we must bring on an extra measure of strength and strictness - even mercilessness - on the perpetrators. We can't ask our young men and women to risk their lives and not vent our anger in full fury for their loss. A strong forceful statement must immediately follow such loss. Our people in uniform, indeed the w country, needs to hear that for its morale. And that in turn must actually bring in its wake stronger, more ruthless measures. Fear and punishment play a strong role in deterrence. Any government that falls short of full-force response is delinquent in its duty. Arun Kumar Chhabra, Esq, USA
        1. P
          Nov 22, 2015 at 6:07 pm
          Colonel level officers are getting injured or dead in fighting inside Indian territory. It clearly show the shoddy planning and improper application of SOPs. Either our forces are incompetent or very poorly prepared and equipped.
          1. R
            Rajesh Rao
            Nov 22, 2015 at 7:12 pm
            Mr. PA, I guess you must be a Green Beret? ..and know all about unconventional warfare. May be you should come down to India and teach them close quarters combat in urban environment.
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