Days after the killing of innocent people in Dangri village, the Indian Army on Sunday said to have foiled a major infiltration bid through the Line of Control (LOC) in Balakot Sector of Poonch district and killed two Pakistani terrorists.
They were heavily armed with AK-rifles, steel core AK ammunition that can pierce through bullet-proof vehicles, Chinese pistols, grenades and other ammunition. The terrorists were also carrying the Army’s combat uniform that indicates they were tasked to attack some military formation.
A defence spokesman said on Sunday that two night-vision goggles (US made), one binocular and a camcorder with pictures of terrorists and their training were also recovered from the neutralized terrorist.
Army also recovered one AK 47 rifle with two magazines and 21 rounds, one modified AK 56 rifle, one Chinese pistol with one magazine and five rounds, two Chinese hand grenades, two high explosive IEDs and a mobile phone, warm clothing, etc.
Brigadier P Acharya, Commander, 13 Sector RR and Brigadier R Krishnan, Commander Krishna Ghati Brigade, briefed media persons about the Pakistan backed infiltration bids in the twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch.
Giving details of the operation, the defence spokesman said that at about 7 pm on Saturday the alert troops observed suspicious movement of two infiltrators who were trying to sneak across Line of Control, in Balakot sector.
The troops on LoC and fence were alerted and kept observing the area. At approximately 7.45 pm, there was a loud explosion due to mine having got initiated by infiltrating terrorists. Thereafter at approximately 19.50 pm Indian troops saw the movement near the fence and engaged the terrorists by bringing aimed fire onto them.
Once the firing ceased, the troops on the fence and troops on LoC readjusted the cordon to prevent their escape. Night enabled Quadcopter and other surveillance devices were employed to keep a strict vigil on the cordoned area. Troops commenced search operation at
2 am (midnight) on Sunday.
The search was very deliberate as the area is not only undulating with dense undergrowth but is also heavily mined. In the search so far two bodies were recovered with weapons, magazines, ammunition and other war like stores.
Earlier on December 29, 2022 alert troops deployed on the LoC in Krishna Ghati Sector had picked up suspicious movement of three terrorists attempting to infiltrate, utilizing the cover of heavy rainfall, from across the LoC. On being challenged by effective fire by the troops, the terrorists escaped into the forests.
Subsequent search of the area during daylight on December 30 led to recovery of bags containing warlike stores and abundant items essential for sustenance. Items recovered include two pistols, three magazines, 24 rounds of pistol, 30 rounds of AK-47, night vision goggles, dagger, winter clothing, rubber gloves and eatables sufficient for sustenance for a prolonged period.
Meanwhile, the operations to nab terrorists involved in Dangri attack continue by the Indian Army along with other Security Forces operating in the region particularly in Rajouri and Poonch districts.