Militants likely gone,Keran op set to end

Security forces had claimed bodies of 10-12 slain militants could be seen in the area.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi/srinagar | Published:October 4, 2013 3:51 am

The military operation in Keran,Jammu and Kashmir,is winding down as the army believes most of the 30 to 40 infiltrators have escaped.

Though “intermittent” firing continued for the 10th day on Thursday,sources said it has been three days since the infiltrators,suspected to have sneaked about 400 metres into Kupwara,were engaged in a direct firefight.

The sources also said the army’s claim that it had killed 10 to 12 infiltrators on the night of September 23 may be exaggerated. Security forces had claimed bodies of 10-12 slain militants could be seen in the area,but it now appears this toll was estimated from communication intercepts. The sources indicated no bodies or military stores are visible,so the chances of proving the military’s claims are very slim.

The operation,however,has not been called off yet. Soldiers of 3/3 Gorkhas have cordoned off the area to ensure no infiltrator sneaks past the border fence that lies about 2 km from the Line of Control on this side.

“The operation is in its terminal stage. All details will be made available after troops complete combing operations,” an army officer said.

The latest infiltration bid follows a pattern adopted by militants and Pakistani forces in the past several years: they try to sneak in when regiments guarding the LoC are rotated every 2 to 3 years. The rotation is completed over three months. In the Keran sector in Kupwara,the 3/3 Gorkhas had recently taken over from 20 Kumaon battalion.

Pak denies hand in infiltration bid

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday trashed as “baseless” reports that its armymen were involved in the infiltration attempt in Keran. “No such thing happened at all. This is a blatant lie. We totally deny this baseless allegation,” a military spokesperson said in Islamabad.

Spokesperson for the Foreign Office Aizaz Chaudhry called the reports “baseless allegations” and insisted that Pakistan will not allow its territory to be used against other nations. PTI

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