Sehri and barking dogs: How an LeT attack was foiled in Kashmir

The quick response and immediate reinforcement to deal with the terrorists foiled the attack which could have taken many lives, an official said.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Updated: June 6, 2017 7:34 pm
Bandipora: Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel inspecting the arms and ammunition recovered from four suicide bombers who were killed after they attacked a CRPF camp, at Sumbal in Bandipora district of north Kashmir on Monday. PTI Photo

Commandant Iqbal Ahmad had risen for the customary pre-dawn meal in preparation for a long day of Ramzan fasting when the wireless crackled ominously. It was early morning Monday. There was a fidayee (suicide) attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in the Bandipora area of North Kashmir, he was told.

The meal, or sehri, forgotten, the commandant picked up his assault rifle and rushed to the nearby camp where four terrorists, believed to be members of the banned Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT), were carrying out the attack.

The quick response and immediate reinforcement to deal with the terrorists foiled the attack which could have taken many lives, an official said.

Ahmad, who took over command of the 45th CRPF battalion after his predecessor Chetan Cheeta was injured, was 200-300 meters away in Sumbal when the wireless message informed him of the attack in the camp that houses two companies of his men. The officer, a devout Muslim who keeps a fast for the holy month of Ramzan, rushed to the troubled spot and remained there till all the terrorists had been killed and the area cleared.

At the Sumbal camp, it was two street dogs who gave the first tip off to the CRPF personnel with their loud barks. The dogs, who are fed regularly by the CRPF personnel, continued to bark, giving the personnel an idea that there were people hiding in a particular area. The personnel fired an illuminator — and learned about the presence of the intruders.

“The dogs saved the lives of many,” said a senior CRPF official.

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    Jay Smith
    Jun 7, 2017 at 2:09 am
    It's ironic that dogs repaid their debt of salt. I will not talk about the debt of millions if not billions fed to Kashmir as a w .... Judge for yourself who is more faithful. Time for a rethink.....
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      romi
      Jun 6, 2017 at 9:57 pm
      is it necessary to declare open all such information ?? when will media mature
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        Ajaypal Sidhu
        Jun 6, 2017 at 11:34 pm
        Yes because the commandant is a Muslim. Typical chaddi wearing kam-bhakt.
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