Bodies Of 11 Terrorists Found In Gurez
18 July 2005
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: The bodies of 11 terrorists have been recovered after 15 intruders in the Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir were engaged in an extended gun battle with the security forces last week, the army said on Monday. 'It was a group of 15 terrorists. So far we have recovered 11 bodies,' Lt Gen Hari Prasad, general officer commanding in chief of the Northern Command, told newsmen at Sunjwan on the outskirts of Jammu on Monday. Troops responded to the infiltration bid by launching an all-out assault to prevent them from intruding into 'our side of the Line of Control (LoC)', he said. Since the terrain was glacial and the area vast, 'we had to use helicopters to neutralise this infiltration bid' which, Gen Prasad said, was indicative of the revived trend of high infiltration from across the LoC. Prasad said trends in the past two months clearly indicate that infiltration this year is on the rise. 'We are alive to the situation, and vigil has been intensified,' he said. The gun battle had erupted in the Gurez sector on Tuesday evening when soldiers spotted the guerrillas crossing the LoC through a high mountain pass into the hilly and snow-covered region at a height of about 16,000 feet. The area chosen by the terrorists for the infiltration attempt had not yet been fenced by the Army.