May 2002 News

Pak sending highly experienced terrorists, says Brig Eranna

3 May 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Mohinder Verma

BHIMBER GALI, (POONCH): The killing of seven more Pakistani terrorists in Bhimber Gali Sector in the wee hours today after sustaining seven hour long encounter, clearly shows that Pakistan has been pushing highly experienced ultras to this side of the border. Even the Army authorities subscribed to this view when Jammu based mediamen visited the site of the incident this afternoon that witnessed bloody encounter in which terrorists had to ultimately give in. With the killing of these seven terrorist, the number of ultras killed during the current week has gone upto 33. However, unmoved by the ''experience'' the terrorists were possessing, the security personnel have continued offensive against the infiltrators with more determination and might, and killing of seven Pakistani terrorists in the wee hours of today is an indicator to that. Giving details of todayís encounter to the visiting media-persons at Hamirpur, five kilometer from Bhimber Gali, this afternoon, Brigadier Mahesh Eranna said that last night at around 2045 hours, Army personnel noticed some movement on Line of Control at Panjni in Bhimber Gali Sector and turned alert. ''We had been continuously receiving information that Pakistani Army was trying to get more terrorist infiltrated into this side and acting on that reliable information, the troops at LoC were alerted'', Brig Eranna disclosed and said that as soon as troops of 6 Sikh Regiment noticed movement, they started zeroing in on infiltrating terrorists. According to him, around 2100 hours when sneaking terrorists totally came under the firing range of troops the ultras were challenged. The encounter lasted for seven hours with the killing of all seven terrorists at around 4 AM. A huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered from the possession of slain ultras belonged to Hizb-e- Islami outfit. However, their identity was not established. The recovery included, seven AK-47-56 rifles, 21 magazines of AK, 650 rounds of AK ammunition, one pistol, 10 rounds of Pistol ammunition, four radio sets and 29 hand grenades. ''Had the terrorists, killed during the current week, succeeded in entering into this side they could have caused much devastation which is evident from the huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered from their possession'', Brig Eranna said, adding ''the terrorists were not only heavily armed but were also trained as they continued their battle with troops of 6 Sikh Regiment for seven hours''. Bodies of five slain terrorists were taken to this side by the troops but two could not be removed as Pakistan troops started indiscriminate firing. ''When the encounter was going on, the Pakistani troops also resorted to firing on Indian positions in a bid to divert our attention from sneaking ultras'', one of the Jawans told EXCELSIOR Correspondent. Besides arms and ammunition, some propaganda material, diaries and photographs of some other terrorists were also recovered from the poccession of slain terrorists. ''The recovery of propaganda material is not a new thing for us as number of times we recovered such material'', Brig Errana said and added that this material in the form of stickers bearing some e-mail numbers is being used by the terrorists to motivate youths for infiltration. The Brigadier disclosed that there is no change in the trend of infiltration and the weapons being used by the terrorists but the new dimension added to the decade long infiltration episode was that now Pakistan has been sending experienced terrorists who have widespread knowledge of handling all type of modern weaponry and have guts to engage Indian troops for long period. When asked, he said infiltration is going on unabated and hardly any day passes when Pakistani Army didnít try to get heavily armed terrorists infiltrated into this side. ''We are resisting all attempts to get the ultras infiltrated and our jawans are ready to give befitting reply to any misadventure either by terrorists or by Pakistani Army'', he claimed. ''No, at present there is no information that Pakistani troops may also try to infiltrate in the guise of terrorists'', Brig Errana disclosed in reply to a question, but didnít rule out the possibility of the same in the near future. ''Judging the mind of enemy at this time is difficult but we are ready even to defeat that attempt of enemy'', he said when asked about any information about terroristsí plan to cause maximum destruction during the forthcoming Assembly elections.


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