4 infiltrators killed on LoC in Kupwara3 July 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Army today foiled another major infiltration bid - fourth within a week - along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district, killing four militants. Acting on specific information about a group of militants trying to sneak in from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, an ambush was laid by the troops of 1st Naga Regiment in Bari Behak area of Nowgam sector in Handwara area of Kupwara district last night, official sources said. As soon as a contact was established with the militants, the ultras opened indiscriminate firing on the troops, who retaliated leading to fierce exchange of gun battle. The encounter ended in wee hours this morning and during the search operations, the security forces recovered bodies of four militants, the sources said. A large quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered from the possession of slain militants, they added. This is the fourth infiltration attempt foiled by the Army along the LoC in Kupwara district. Two Army jawans were killed as they foiled an infiltration bid in Macchil sector on June 30. A militant was killed while trying to infiltrate in Kashmir at Dana Behak in Nowgam sector the same day. Two days earlier, Army had foiled another infiltration bid in Nowgam sector, killing five militants but lost three soldiers in the process. The spate of infiltration bids by militants in Kashmir valley have come soon after high profile visits by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao to Pakistan in the last week of June during which they held talks with their respective counterparts. Infiltration of militants from across the Line of Control has been on the rise since March as more than half a dozen bids have been foiled so far. More than 30 militants have been killed in anti-insurgency operations along the LoC in the past three months. Army officials have claimed that more than 400 militants were waiting in as many as 20 launch pads in PoK to infiltrate into Kashmir valley. Army and BSF have intensified vigil along the LoC in Kashmir valley to thwart any attempts by militants to infiltrate. Meanwhile, curfew was lifted from several areas in Kashmir while few other areas were brought under restrictions today as semblance of peace has started to return to the Valley after remaining on the boil for most of the past week. Curfew was lifted in Sopore after eight days following killing of four persons in CRPF firing during the protests last weekend. Curfew was also lifted in Baramulla town, sources said. Situation in the two north Kashmir towns remained by and large peaceful, barring an incident of stone-pelting on Sopore police station. The mob was chased away by the police after which the situation remained peaceful through out the day. Curfew was also lifted from Trehgam border town in Kupwara district at 12 noon although a minor protest had been witnessed in the area a couple of hours earlier. Curfew remained in place in Kupwara town following yesterday's violent clashes between protestors and law enforcing agencies. Barring four police station areas in the Old City, curfew was lifted from entire summer capital of the State but the normal life remained paralysed as all the schools, educational institutions, banks, commercial establishments and private offices remained closed, the sources said. The roads wore a deserted look as all public transport was off the roads while occasional private vehicles were seen plying in the city. Curfew continued to remain in force in areas falling under the jurisdiction of Khanyar, Maharajgunj, Safakadal and Nowhatta police stations, which are generally known trouble spots. Authorities relaxed curfew in Anantnag town for two hours early this morning but had to reimpose the restriction within an hour following protests and stone-pelting incidents at some places in the south Kashmir town, the sources said. Polcie had to fire tear smoke shells at Sherbagh and Lal Chowk in Anantnag to disperse the protestors, they said. Curfew was imposed in Anantnag on Tuesday following killing of three youth in security forces' firing on protestors. Two ruling National Conference leaders including a senior Minister escaped unhurt as their motorcades came under stone-pelting in the city and Pulwama town. A group of youth started pelting stones at the motorcade of Law Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar at Jawahar Nagar as he was touring the city to take stock of ration supplies at CAPD outlets. However, no damage was done in the incident, the sources said. Rajya Sabha Member Ghulam Nabi Rattanpuri also faced a similar situation while moving through Pulwama town in south Kashmir, they added. Meanwhile, the Government has appointed Additional District Magistrate, Anantnag G M Dar as the Enquiry Officer to conduct probe into the incident that led to the death of three youth in Anantnag on June 29. The Enquiry Officer has asked the general public to meet him personally and share any kind of information about the killings with him or convey the information regarding the incident through telephone. The officer will receive the information and eyewitness accounts about the incident for next seven days till July 10.