As the Army is busy preparing an after action report (AAC) of the Kupwara encounter that left 18 infiltrators and eight soldiers,including a Major,dead,intelligence agencies of the Army and police are examining maps and communication equipment recovered from the slain militants.
Besides arms and ammunition,five Global Positioning Systems (GPS) devices and detailed maps of Kupwara and Handwara forests were recovered from the militants killed in the five-day long gunbattle.
The Army said the GPS devices recovered from the slain militants were similar to ones used in the Mumbai attack by the militants on November 26 last year. GPS systems recovered from the slain militants killed in Hafradu and Drangyari forests are same used by the militants in Mumbai attack, said a senior Army officer of the 15 Corps.
Sources said the recovered GPS along with the maps were now being examined by the Army and police intelligence networks. A senior police officer said militants have learnt techniques to track routes on maps by using these latest Global Positioning Systems. Now,every militant group that sneaks into Kashmir from the other side of the LoC carries maps along with the GPS, he said. Once put on the map,this latest GPS easily divulges the minutest details and locations of the group in a particular area, he said.
The officer said militant commanders hiding in the forests of Rajwar,Lolab and Shamsabari always carry maps and GPS with them. Of late,militants have starting using latest maps in the Valley along with GPS. Its worrying for us, the officer said.