As the operation to nab 30-40 heavily armed infiltrators in Keran sector entered its eleventh day,the Army said it had killed three infiltrators at a different location in the same sector after a gunbattle.
No Kargil-like situation in the Keran sector: Army chief
Friday’s infiltration took place near Gujjar Dar,an area that is some distance away from Shalbuth village where an operation against infiltrators was launched last month.
Defence spokesman N C Vij told The Indian Express on Friday that the Gujjar Dar infiltrators had been killed on the LoC in the morning. Friday’s operation was different from the operation that has entered its eleventh day in the nearby Shalbuth area,he said.
The Army said heavy ammunition and weaponry had been recovered from the militants slain in Gujjar Dar.
On the Shalbuth operation,Vij said,The Army is taking every step to trap the infiltrators. On Wednesday,the Army’s top commander in Kashmir,GOC 15 Corps Lt General Gurmit Singh,told reporters in Srinagar that 10-12 infiltrators had been killed,but could not explain the absence of bodies or weapons.
In New Delhi,Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh dismissed fears that the operation in Keran was similar to the one that had developed in Kargil,and stressed that it was only a matter of time before the infiltrators were flushed out.
It is nothing like that (Kargil). It was an infiltration attempt by 30 to 40 terrorists, Gen Singh told reporters. They (infiltrators) have been stopped,prevented. Some of them have been neutralised. Operations are on to flush them out. It is a matter of time.
Gen Singh denied reports that the militants,backed by the Pakistani army,had occupied an Indian village along the LoC. There was nothing like that. You heard the (15) Corps Commander. He clarified that. No village has been occupied, he said. It is an area where they are coming. We are dominating them from all sides and the terrorists are holed up. It is a broken ground. It is difficult treacherous terrain. They are stuck in that and we will take them on. It is a question of time.