October 2, 2013 3:46:37 pm
The Army has launched a major anti-infiltration operation against militants and suspected Pakistani special troops holed up in an area in Keran sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in which five Indian soldiers have been injured.
We are in total control of the operation which was launched on September 24. The reports of our posts being captured by the infiltrators are absurd,said GOC,15 Corps,Lt General Gurmit Singh.
From the operation that is going on till now,and the strength (of infiltrators) and the multiple points they attempted (to infiltrate),it gives the indication that there were definitely some special troops. This is quite different from the trend we have seen in the earlier infiltration attempts,he said.
Five soldiers have been injured in the operation that entered the ninth day on Wednesday,Lt Gen Singh said. All the injured soldiers have been hospitalised and are stable,he said.
Lt Gen Singh refused to give details of the operation,saying it could compromise the effectiveness and strategy used by the Army against the infiltrators holed up in the area. He said the operation was started on the basis of specific intelligence inputs about possible infiltration in Keran sector by militants from across the LoC.
Although he maintained that it will be premature to say whether the Pakistani Army was involved in the infiltration attempt,he said there were definite indications that some special troops were part of it. The Army,he said,was prepared to take on this challenge.This is our role and this is what we are meant for,he said.
Lt Gen Singh said the militants have been cordoned off but the operation was being carried out in a calibrated manner to avoid Indian casualties. We are not rushing through as rushing through will mean (the risk of) own casualties,he said.
I have also observed some of the reports…. It seems to me that some inimical elements,subversive elements have been giving the inputs of this black propaganda,he said,referring to some reports which claimed that Pakistani troops had captured some Indian posts.
Lt Gen Singh said the analysis of this infiltration bid indicated the involvement of the Border Action Team (BAT),a mixture of Pakistani regulars and militants,in it. I can only say,analysing the methodology of this infiltration,it was not a pure infiltration (attempt). It was a BAT-cum-infiltration (bid). The number of militants who attempted this infiltration was rather large. In fact,yesterday night,10 to 12 militants tried to sneak into the cordoned-off area from across,he said.
Earlier,Lt Gen Singh had said 10-12 bodies of militants killed in the operation had been noticed by the troops on the ground. Asked if any of the bodies had been retrieved so far,he said,The bodies are not important to me.
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