No Kargil-like situation in Jammu and Kashmir: Army Chief
As the ongoing Army operation against infiltrators from Pakistan in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir`s Kupwara district entered eleventh day on Friday, the Army Chief denied that there was Kargil-like situation on the Line of Control.
Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal
New Delhi: As the ongoing Army operation against infiltrators from Pakistan in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir`s Kupwara district entered eleventh day on Friday, the Army Chief denied that there was Kargil-like situation on the Line of Control.
"There is nothing like that. It was an infiltration attempt by about 30 to 40 terrorists; they attempted this infiltration at four or five places. We had information about it. They have been stopped, prevented, neutralized some of them and operations are on to flush them out," said General Bikram Singh, when asked that there are media speculations about the present situation in Keran Sector being another Kargil.
"No village has been occupied. It`s an area where they have come in, we are dominating from all sides and the terrorists are holed up. It`s a broken ground, it`s very difficult terrain; they are stuck in that and we will take them on," he added.
Highly-placed sources today said that the counter-offensive was in the final stages.
The latest infiltration attempt reportedly involves between 30 and 40 militants and Pak special forces troops, who entered the Indian territory on September 24 and occupied an abandoned village along the Line of Control.
The incident is being labelled by many as Pakistan`s attempt to do a second Kargil in the state.
Army sources said intermittent firing continued in Shala Batu village between infiltrators and 1300 Gurkha Rifles jawans. The fighting has been going on in a one square kilometre area.
The Army has been cautiously carrying out the operation since there are fears the infiltrators may have mined the area.
Till now, five Army soldiers have been injured in the operation in which 12 infiltrators are reported have been killed. However, no bodies have been recovered from the area so far and the Army believes infiltrators could have taken them back across the LoC.
The Pakistani Army has refuted the claims that its special troops were involved in the infiltration. The Indian Army suspects Pakistan`s Border Action Team could be involved in the incident.
Ironically, the infiltration took place just ahead of the crucial meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan in New York on September 29, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Meanwhile, the Army today foiled another infiltration bid in Keran sector, killing two militants, a defence spokesman said.