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Srinagar militants without medicines, food, officers say ‘slightly odd’

“We have recovered two AK-47 rifles and eight magazines. As per initial information, no food item or medicines have been recovered,” CRPF I-G (Srinagar) Ravideep Sahi told The Indian Express.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2018 10:15 am
Srinagar Militant attack, Srinagar militants, Jammu terror attack, Lashkar operatives, Lashkar militants killed, Srinagar Militant encounter, Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Express Paramilitary force soldiers guard the cordoned off area in Srinagar. CRPF sources said it took a long time to kill the militants, even though they were holed up in an under-construction building, because there are many residential units in the congested neighbourhood. (Express Photo/Shuaib Masoodi)

In what security officers find “slightly odd” in a fidayeen attack that appears to have been launched from Pakistan, security forces have not recovered any food item or medicines from the rucksacks of the two militants who were killed in Srinagar on Tuesday after a 30-hour gunbattle with security forces.

“We have recovered two AK-47 rifles and eight magazines. As per initial information, no food item or medicines have been recovered,” CRPF I-G (Srinagar) Ravideep Sahi told The Indian Express. Sources said one of the militants is believed to be from Pakistan; details of the other are still being ascertained. Jammu and Kashmir Police has said that both are Lashkar operatives.

The encounter had begun early Monday morning after the two made a failed attempt to attack a CRPF camp. “Food and medicines not being found on them is slightly odd, as fidayeen (mercenaries) generally carry them for long-haul fighting where they are looking to take hostages, or get holed up. However, this is not the first case in which a fidayeen has not been found with food and medicines,” a security establishment officer said.

CRPF sources said it took a long time to kill the militants, even though they were holed up in an under-construction building, because there are many residential units in the congested neighbourhood. “We were not in a position to fire very large-area weapons to bring down the building, as we would have jeopardised other buildings in the area,” a senior CRPF officer said.

“Besides, to engage them one had to come out within a 30-metre distance without any cover. This delayed the operations,” the officer added. The officer said that enough grenades and shoulder-fired rockets were used “to smoke them out”.

CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar said, “Most importantly, we prevented a much bigger incident by preventing them from entering our camp and limiting their movement in a building.” After that, he said, it was only a “matter of time” before they were killed.

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    Saurabh
    Feb 14, 2018 at 10:51 am
    "... we prevented a much bigger incident ..." Two of them killed ten Indian soldiers so you prevented zilch. Feku had promised ek ke badle das maarenge. Now ten Indian soldiers are being killed by one Pakistani.
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    1. Sathy Rajkumar
      Feb 14, 2018 at 11:41 am
      Read properly. The incident took place at CRPF camp not in Army camp. Only one CRPF jawan got martyred.
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      1. suresh VRG
        Feb 14, 2018 at 8:15 pm
        In any case , moron, Feku did not fight It is the soldiers on the ground. He can only give the direction and support. Your pathological hatred of Modi is truly pathetic and you make such Pappu like comments. Truly Pathetic !!!
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        Prasad
        Feb 14, 2018 at 10:20 am
        We don't care what you find about these eating pigs .... But, we want a 100 bodies of army found pretty soon. Do it for India.
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          Prasad
          Feb 14, 2018 at 10:21 am
          I meant" " eating pigs.
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            Prasad
            Feb 14, 2018 at 10:22 am
            "sh t" eating pigs.
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            1. praful vora
              Feb 14, 2018 at 8:04 am
              Where are they getting those expensive guns and ammunition? Who are the over the ground supporters
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              1. suresh VRG
                Feb 14, 2018 at 8:17 pm
                A brilliant genuis spotted !!!
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