Army intensfies combing Op in Uri and nearby sectors

RSTV Bureau
FILE: Security personnel taking position.  Photo - PTI

FILE: Security personnel taking position.
Photo – PTI

Despite inclement weather, army on Wednesday intensified its combing-cum-search operations in Uri and Naugam sectors along the Line of Control (LoC). Two infiltration bids were foiled on Tuesday after Indian troops gunned down militants who suspected to have crossed over from the other side.

Army personnel continued their search operations in the higher reaches of Uri and Naugam sectors of Baramulla and Tangdhar districts respectively but have not managed to reach the spot where the bodies were supposed to be lying.

The bodies lay very close to the LoC and there was a possibility of the jawans coming under fire from across the border, official sources said.

The army personnel were maintaining a tight vigil to foil any fresh attempts by militants to sneak in through these sectors by breaking the security cordon or inflicting casualties on the troops. Low clouds were also hampering the operation for retrieving the bodies of the militants which were lying close to the LoC, the sources said.

“The operations along the LoC in Uri and Naugam sectors continue,” an Army spokesman said. One soldier was killed on Tuesday as Army foiled two infiltration bids in the two sectors of Kashmir.

While bodies of militants have been spotted nearly 300 metres short of the LoC, a search is on in neighbouring areas to find out if there are more casualties on ultras’ side, the sources said.

Army officials in New Delhi yesterday had claimed that 15 terrorists had attempted to cross the LoC.

The combing-cum-search operations have been intensified to cover the densely forested areas adjacent to Uri and Naugam sectors to ensure that no remnants of the infiltrating terrorists are missed, they said.

The infiltration bid came just two days after the dastardly terror attack, suspected to be carried by Pakistan-based JeM terror group, on the army base in Uri. 18 soldiers were martyred and left several others injured.

As part of strengthening the counter-infiltration grid, army is firing illuminators intermittently at night to prevent more militants from sneaking in to this side of LoC, the sources said.

(With inputs from the PTI)