3 Infiltrators Shot Dead In Uri23 October 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Three militants were killed as Army foiled an infiltration bid near the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of Baramulla district in North Kashmir. 'An infiltration bid was foiled by the troops in Uri sector in the wee hours. So far, three militants have been killed and the operation is still in progress,' Defence spokesperson Lt Colonel J S Brar said. The Army troops laid an ambush at Lacchipora in Uri sector late last night after receiving information about a group of militants trying to infiltrate in the Valley from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, official sources said. The troops noticed a heavily-armed group of militants in the wee hours today and challenged them. The ultras opened indiscriminate firing at the Army personnel, who returned the firing, triggering a fierce exchange of ammunition between the two sides. Three militants were killed in the initial contact while the remaining part of the militant group went back towards the forest area. Search operations were continuing in the area to trace down the ultras but security forces were going about their job cautiously due to inclement weather conditions and slippery terrain following yesterday's snowfall and rains in the Valley. Three Army personnel including a Captain were killed in a landslide at Tikri in Uri sector yesterday as they had laid an ambush for infiltrators in the area. The infiltration of militants from across the LoC has been on the rise recently as the Pakistani handlers of the ultras are desperate to push in as many militants as possible before the onset of winter in Kashmir. Army and BSF, guarding the LoC, have intensified vigil to prevent the militants from sneaking into this side from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). According to intelligence reports, over 500 militants are waiting at various launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to cross over. More than 100 militants have been killed in various operations in the Valley this year even as dozens of infiltration bids have been foiled in the last 10 months. Meanwhile, normal life remained affected in Kashmir valley for third consecutive day today due to call for strike given by hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Shops, business establishments, petrol pumps, banks and private offices in the commercial hubs of Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Maharaja Bazaar, Goni Khan, Batamaloo and adjoining areas remained closed while public transport remained off the roads due to the strike. However, a large number of private vehicles could be seen on the city roads and some inter-district routes. A police spokesman said curfew had been lifted from all parts of the Valley this morning and the situation remained peaceful throughout the day. 'Curfew has been lifted from all parts of Kashmir today and the situation remained peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere in the Valley,' he said.