Major infiltration bid foiled along LoC, three ultras killed

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jun 2018 09:25:31



ALERT troops on Wednesday foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Machil sector of Jammu and Kashmir, killing three militants.
Defence Ministry spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said that troops guarding the LoC noticed a group of militants sneaking into this side from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in Machil sector in the wee hours under the cover of darkness.

However, when challenged and asked to surrender, the militants opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons, which was retaliated, ensuing in an encounter. Three militants have been killed so far, Col Kalia said, adding that the entire area has been sealed and a massive search operation was going on when the reports last came in.

Five militants were killed on May 25 immediately after they sneaked into this side from PoK at Eagle post in Tangdhar sector while another infiltrator was gunned down in Keran sector on June 3.
Senior Army officer said that a large number of militants are waiting at launch pads near the LoC in PoK to infiltrate into this side this summer.

Despite commander-level meet, BSF not to lower guard on border: Official


THE Border Security Force (BSF) has decided to not to lower high level of vigil along the International Border (IB) in Jammu frontier despite a recent sector commander level meeting, held to ease tensions, a senior official said.
Over 30,000 people, who fled border hamlets along the IB in Akhnoor sector due to heavy shelling by Pakistan on June 3 resulting in death of two BSF jawans and injuries to 16 others, have returned to their homes after a meeting between Pak rangers and BSF on June 4.

However, the border guarding force continues to be alert. “We have not lowered our guard along the border. We are on alert”, IG, BSF (Jammu Frontier) Ram Awtar told PTI.
“The border with Pakistan was silent as there were no ceasefire violations for the last couple of days. People have returned back to their homes after the sector commander level meeting between BSF and Pak rangers on June 4,” the official said. People will slowly get the confidence to resume farming activity,” he said.

Asked about the reports of use of flying objects by Pakistan along the IB in Akhnoor sector, the IG said these things keep happening and there was nothing to worry. According to some reports, the people of a border hamlet in Pargwal saw red light emitting object flying close to the border on Tuesday night.