As the Army is busy in preparing after action report (AAC) of the Kupwara encounter that left 18 infiltrators and eight soldiers including an officer dead,the intelligence agencies of Army and Police are seriously examining the maps and communication equipment recovered from the slain militants.
Besides arms and ammunition,five six Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and detailed maps of Kupwara and Handwara forests were recovered from the militants killed in a five day long gun battle in the dense forests of Drangyari and Hafradu.
Army said the GPS recovered from the slain terrorists are same used in the Mumbai attack. GPS systems recovered from the slain militants killed in Hafradu and Drangyari forests are same used by the militants in Mumbai attack, Brigadier General Staff,Brigadier Gurmeet Singh said.
A senior police officer who was closely monitoring this operation said that militants have learnt techniques to track routes on maps by using these latest Global Positioning Systems. Now,every militant group that sneaks in to Kashmir from other side of the Line of Control carries maps along with the GPS, he said.
Once put on the maps these latest global positioning systems easily divulge the minutest details and locations of the group in a particular area, he said. Many a times in absence of proper guides the maps and GPS help militants to find out their tracks and hideouts in the dense jungles, he said.
The officer said the militants hiding in the dense forests of Rajwar,Lolab and Shamsabari range always carry maps and GPS with them. The maps and GPS are used by foreign militants especially in North Kashmir, the officer said. Of late,militants have starting using latest maps in Valley and it is worrying for us, the officer said.