A day after the attack on the Mohura Army camp in which six militants, eight soldiers and three policemen were killed, Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh said the attack was an attempt to disrupt ongoing elections in the state. Meanwhile, officials in Mohura said they have recovered a large quantity of weapons and food items that the militants were carrying with them.
The Army said they recovered canned packets of keema stew, chicken achari, chicken karahi, daal maash, dates and almonds from the possession of the six militants. The sources said the food packets had Urdu marking that are used in Pakistan. Night vision goggles were also recovered.
“This was an attempt by inimical elements to disrupt the remaining phases of the polls as they were unnerved by the high voter turnout in the first two phases,’’ Gen Singh said in Srinagar soon after chairing a high-level security meet at 15 Corps headquarters. The Army Chief said that the peaceful atmosphere in which the polls have been conducted in the first two phases was possible due to the efforts put in by the security forces.
“The brave soldiers are performing in the harshest of terrain and weather conditions. The supreme sacrifice was in order to ensure that the militants were prevented from reaching the populated areas and causing harm to civilians,’’ he said, adding that the nefarious designs of the adversary have been foiled.
Earlier in the day, the Army chief paid homage to the soldiers, killed in the operation at Badami Bagh Cantonment, by laying wreaths. The bodies of soldiers were then sent by air to their home towns. After the wreath-laying ceremony, he was briefed at 15 Corps on the two recent operations which resulted in the elimination of 12 militants.