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Army launches massive anti-infiltration operation in J&K, five jawans injured

Army launches massive anti-infiltration operation in J&K, five jawans injured

Srinagar: The Army has launched a major anti-infiltration operation against militants and suspected Pakistan special troops holed up in an area in Keran sector along Line of Control in which five Indian soldiers have been injured.

"We are in total control of the operation which was launched on September 24. The reports of our posts being captured by the infiltrators are absurd," general officer commanding of the Army's 15 Corps Lt General Gurmit Singh told reporters here on Wednesday.

"From the operation that is going on till now and the strength (of infiltrators) and the multiple points they attempted (to infiltrate), give the indication that definitely there were some special troops. This is quite different from the trend we have seen in the earlier infiltration attempts," he said.

Five soldiers have been injured in the operation that entered the ninth day today, Lt Gen Singh said.

"All the injured soldiers have been hospitalized and are stable," he said.

Lt Gen Singh refused give details of the operation, saying it could compromise the effectiveness and strategy used by the Army against the infiltrators holed up in the area.

Lt Gen Singh said the operation was started on the basis of specific intelligence inputs about possible infiltration in Keran sector by militants from across the LoC.

Although the army commander maintained it will be premature to say whether the Pakistan Army was involved in the infiltration of militants, he said there were definite indications that some special troops were part of it.

The Army, he said, was prepared to take on this challenge. "This is our role and this is what we are meant for," he said.

Lt Gen Singh said the militants have been cordoned off by the soldiers but the operation was being carried out in a calibrated manner to avoid Indian casualties.

"The operations are deliberate. We are not rushing through as rushing through will mean (the risk of) own casualties," he said.

"I have also observed some of the reports.... It seems to me that some inimical elements, subversive elements have been giving the inputs of this black propaganda," he said, referring to some reports which claimed that Pakistani troops had captured some Indian posts.


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