Major Infiltration Attempt By Ultras Foiled On LoC26 November 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Army last night thwarted a major infiltration attempt by the militants at Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district forcing the group of militants, trying to intrude into this side from across the Line of Control (LoC), to retrieve to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Pakistan Army also resorted to firing on Indian positions violating ceasefire in a bid to give cover to the infiltrators. An effective response by the troops thwarted the infiltration plot of Pakistan Army and the militants, official sources said. They said troops observed movement of the militants from their forward posts in Krishna Ghati sector at 11 pm last night. The militants, numbering between four to five, were trying to reach close to the LoC to enter into this side. Army opened firing to neutralize the militants, leading to exchange of firing. The militants opened heavy firing on the troops in a bid to force their entry into this side but failed. Simultaneously, Pakistan Army also resorted to firing from their forward posts of Daaku, Begum and Chuha targeting Indian posts of Ravi, Kirpan-I, Kirpan-II and Gorha in Krishna Ghati. The firing by the Pakistani troops was aimed at giving cover to the infiltrators. Troops gave an effective response to counter the Pakistan firing and thwart infiltration attempt, sources said, adding that the exchange of firing from both sides continued for about one and a half hour. The militant group was pushed back after effective firing from the Indian side. The group retrieved to PoK from where it was launched. Sources said the militants, numbering four to five, were stated to be the activists of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and were equipped with sophisticated weapons. They were believed to be the foreign nationals. Troops didn't suffer any casualties or damage in the exchange of firing. Army lodged a strong protest with Pakistan this morning on hotline over ceasefire violation and attempt to abet infiltration by the militants to this side. This was second infiltration attempt in Krishna Ghati sector in less than a week. In previous intrusion bid also, the troops had forced the militants to return to PoK. As per the reports, a number of militants were camping across the LoC trying to infiltrate into this side.