Machil Op On To Rule Out Presence Of Militants: BSF

Soldiers carrying coffin of their colleague who was killed in Macchil gunfight on Sunday | KO Photo: Abid Bhat

Srinagar- The BSF on Monday said the operation along the LoC in north Kashmir’s Machil sector, in which four forces personnel and three militants were killed on Sunday, was on to rule out the presence of other militants in the area.

Three Army personnel, including an officer, a BSF constable and three militants were killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in Machil sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

“The operation is still on. The area comprises a tough terrain and uneven ground. To rule out the presence of any other militant, a sanitisation operation is on in the area. We will satisfy ourselves that no militant is there,” Additional Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF) Surinder Pawar said.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the wreath-laying ceremony of Constable Sudir Sarkar at the BSF STC, Humhama on the outskirts of the city.

Pawar said it was an infiltration attempt and not a Border Action Team (BAT) attack.

He said the state forces had received inputs about infiltration attempts by militants in the sector a fortnight ago.

“We received inputs about 15 days ago that militants will try to infiltrate. So our ambush-cum-patrolling party patrolled the area during the night. Around 1 am (on Sunday), the patrolling party observed some suspicious movement and challenged the militants. The militants retaliated and Constable Sarkar was badly injured. But he fought bravely and killed a militant, before succumbing to the injuries,” Pawar said.

The ADG, BSF said two other militants fled the spot and the border-guarding force then alerted its other posts and the Army.

“With the first light on Sunday, the Army and the BSF launched a joint operation in which the two militants were killed. In the exchange of fire, Army Captain Ashutosh Kumar and two soldiers were also killed,” he said.

Asked about the status of infiltration this year, Pawar said only 24 to 25 militants have managed to enter the Indian side of the LoC so far this year, compared to the 135 to 140 last year.

About 250 to 300 militants are at launchpads across the LoC, waiting to infiltrate, the BSF officer said, adding, “Our counter-infiltration grid is very strong and making improvements to it is a continuous exercise.”

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One Response to "Machil Op On To Rule Out Presence Of Militants: BSF"

  1. SAZIA  November 11, 2020 at 12:35 am

    1947 pyeth vot Pakistanus Kasheeri peath raid/guspaithi karanl; su pata kabali raid aus ya dehshatgard border cross karnavun. Pakistanich army chi hameshi yeman seat aatha milnavith maddad kormut ta karaan yewan. Yem chi na sirf mousoom lookan maraan balki chi majin/benyen hundis yeztas seath ti gindaan. Asi kasheer hind navjawaan chi ami dehshatgardi seath varia tang aamit. Hindustanich army chi hameshi kasheeriken lookan seath, tihinzi safety hund khayal thavan ta panun paan tamath chchepi diwaan. Machil sectorus munz sani army mear 3 dehshatgard yem border cross karnich kooshish aeas karan. Kasheer munz halaat kharaab gatchnuk bodh vajan chu sirf Pakistan beyi na kahn.


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