STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 4 October
Army chief, General Bikram Singh today brushed aside suggestions that the situation in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir, where operations are going on to flush out a large group of infiltrators are going on, was developing into a Kargil-like situation.
Gen. Singh was emphatic that the terrorists who number about 40 would be flushed out soon. He was categorical that the terrorists, who, he said, are backed by the Pakistan Army, have not occupied any Indian village along the Line of Control. “There was nothing like that. You heard the (15) Corps Commander. He clarified that. No village has been occupied,” he said.
The Army chief said the militants attempted infiltration at four or five places and the security forces had information about it.
Gen. Singh denied that any Army post or bunker has been occupied by the terrorists and their suspected Pakistan Army accomplices.
“Nothing like that. It is an area where they are
“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,” he said.
“These operations take time as terrorists have to be flushed out and we do not want casualties from our side.”
“Also the post of Pakistan is just across. They can fire on our post as well.”
So, we will have to exercise all precaution in carrying out such operations,” Gen. Singh said on the sidelines of a function organised by National Disaster Management Authority.
The Army chief said infiltration attempts by terrorists increase during this period of the year as snowfall would start very soon.
“Then it becomes very difficult to infiltrate.”
“So, generally this has been the trend in the past as well. But yes definitely there is more infiltration,” he said.
When asked about reports that three terrorists, who attacked a police station and an Army camp in Jammu region on 26 October, had planned to storm an Army public school in the area, Gen. Singh said, “No, I have not heard of this particular input.”
“But the moment we get this input from intelligence agencies, we will share it with you.”
Meanwhile, a PTI report from Srinagar said the Army foiled another major infiltration bid along the LoC in the Keran sector of Kashmir, killing three militants, as the armed engagement against the infiltrating ultras in the border area entered the 11th day. “An infiltration bid was foiled in Gujjar Dur area of Keran sector today. Three militants have been killed in the operation,” a defence spokesman said.
He said search operation in the area was going on till last reports came in.
Intermittent exchange of firing was going on in the area, defence sources said.
A group of heavily-armed militants tried to infiltrate into Kashmir through Keran sector on 24 September but were intercepted by the army.
General officer Commanding of the 15 Corps Lt Gen Gurmit Singh had said the strength of infiltrators was between 30 and 40 and the analysis of the operation indicated presence of special troops among the militants.
Lt. Gen. Singh had said that 10 to 12 militants were killed on 26 September while operation was on against the remaining ultras.