<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sepoy Ajoy Sarkar did not wait even for a second to retaliate when he saw a suspicious movement outside the perimeter fencing of 30 Rashtriya Riffles (RR) at Langate in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.Posted in one of three bunkers guarding the facility, Sarkar and his five men were one of the first groups of soldiers who took on the three fidayeens when they appeared near the camp from one of the sides in the wee hours of Thursday.Sarkar and his colleagues immediately alerted the officers and within seconds Quick Reaction Teams (QRT) got activated and killed three fidyeens before they could attempt to barge into the camp.”We were six men in our bunker. I saw three militants and we opened fire. We informed our officers and they immediately rushed in. QRT also came and we opened fire,” said Sarkar.Sarkar and his colleagues have become heroes of the Indian Army for repulsing Uri type fidayeen attack when troops killed three militants who were trying to storm the 30 RR camp in early Thursday morning.The subtext of the attack was that Pakistan stood exposed again after army recovered made-in-Pakistan medicines and food items besides huge cache of arms, three GPS sets, four wireless sets, maps, matrix sheets and cutters et al from the three slain militants.”At around five in the morning our sentries spotted three terrorists close to our perimeter fencing. On being challenged three terrorists opened indiscriminate fire on our sentry post and also on our lodging shelters where jawans were resting. Our sentries who were on high alert carried out a retaliatory fire,” said Colonel Rajiv Saharan, Commanding officer 30 RR.Colonel Saharan noted that the QRT was activated and they localised the area where terrorists were spotted. “They carried out sanitization during which Pakistani terrorists were eliminated”, he said. The identity of the militants could not be established.The army officer said militants were carrying huge quantity of arms, ammunition and other war like stores. “It includes three AK 47 riffles, two UBGL. Launchers, large quantity of small arms ammunition and grenades. Besides GPS for navigation, radio sets for communications, maps, matrix sheets and other food items,” he said.Col Saharan said the medicines recovered from terrorists have Pakistani markings. “This ascertains that all of them were Pakistanis. The maps and matrix sheets are being analysed,” he said.The fidayeen attack was foiled at a time when alert troops thwarted three back-to-back infiltration bids along the Line of Control leaving four militants dead in north Kashmir.Three infiltration bids were foiled when troops guarding the LoC saw suspicious movement in Naugam and Rampur sectors. Immediately operation was launched in both the sectors Four militants were later killed in Naugam sector where two back to back infiltration bids were thwarted early this morning.”Four militants were killed in Naugam sector. Search operation is still on. Three ultras were killed in Langate,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia defence spokesman at Srinagar said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, almost 36 hours after the Pakistan backed Jaish-e-Mohhammed terrorists attacked the Army brigade headquarters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri, killing 17 soldiers and injuring over 30, the Army called off its mopping operation. All the four terrorists involved in the ‘fidayeen’ attack were gunned down by the Army.Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh told that the Army operations have been called off after conducting a thorough search of the military complex at Uri and the are around it.Meanwhile, one more of Indian Army jawan succumbed to injuries at the Army Research and Referral hospital in Delhi where he was airlifted.He said the total recoveries from the slain terrorists, included, four AK 47 rifles, four Under Barrel Grenade Launchers (UBGL), 39 UBGL grenades, five hand grenades, two radio sets, two GPSs, two map sheets, two matrix sheets, one mobile phone and a large number of food and medicine packets having Pakistani markings.”We have displayed considerable restraint while handling the terrorist situation both along the Line of Control and in hinterland,” said the DGMO. “We have the desired capability to respond to such blatant acts of aggression and violence as deemed appropriate by us,” he warned, adding: “We reserve the right to respond to any act of the adversary at a time and place of own choosing.”Pointing that the infiltration attempts by terrorists have shown a marked increase in comparison to the past three-four years, he said in 2016, there have been 17 infiltration bids foiled by the Indian Army along the Line of Control (LoC). Of a total of 110 terrorists eliminated in J&K, 31 have been killed while they were attempting to cross the LoC.”It actually indicates a desperate attempt from across the LoC to infiltrate more terrorists into Kashmir with a view to create disturbance and foment unrest in our area,” he said and added,”The last two infiltration attempts, on September 11, in Poonch and on September 18 at Uri have been successfully thwarted by the Indian Army by killing of four terrorists in each of the operations.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A group of four heavily armed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) fidayeen (suicide) attackers, who stormed into the 10 Infantry Brigade headquarters and unleashed mayhem, killing 17 army soldiers and injuring over 20 others here on Sunday. All the four terrorists were later killed in a fierce gunfight that lasted for more than three hours.The Indian Army assured the nation that it was prepared to thwart any nefarious designs and any evil design would be given a befitting reply.The army said that of the 17 fatalities, 13-14 soldiers died due to the fire that engulfed the tents and shelters after militants lobbed grenades and fired indiscriminately on the troops.The gunfight started around 5.30 am when troops were changing shifts. Militants barged from the rear side of the camp housing one of the administrative units.”Gunfight between the terrorists and army continued till 8.30 am and four terrorists were killed. All four were foreign nationals and had some items with Pakistani markings. Initial reports indicate that the slain terrorists belong to the Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit”, said Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, director-general of military operations (DGMO).”Since the terrorists had some items with Pakistani markings, I have spoken to Pakistan’s DGMO and conveyed our serious concerns. I would also like to mention that all intelligence agencies are working in close synergy with the security forces and regular intelligence inputs are received and action is being taken accordingly,” said Lt Gen Singh.Four AK-47 rifles and four Under Barrel Grenade Launchers and a large number of war-like stores were recovered from the militants. “The terrorists fired incendiary ammunition, along with automatic fire of small arms that led to the tents / temporary shelters catching fire,” said Lt Gen Singh.Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “If reports are correct that 13 of the 17 fatalities are because of burns, it is a crying shame that fire-retardant tents aren’t the norm! While we work out who is to be blamed for Uri and what an appropriate response will be, do we not owe our troops fire-retardant tents and huts?”.Sources said that the Dogra regiment unit, which was guarding the LoC for two-and-a half years ago was to be replaced by the Bihar regiment unit when the fidayeens barged in and lobbed grenades and fired indiscriminately on the troops.Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh flew to the site of operation in the afternoon and took stock of the ground situation. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar, too, visited Srinagar and met the injured in the 92 base hospital.Embattled Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is facing flak for not being able to control the unrest, said that the attack seems to be aimed at triggering fresh violence and creating a war-like situation in the region.”The heightened tension in the wake of Uri attack is set to further vitiate the atmosphere in and around Jammu and Kashmir amid increasing Indo-Pak hostility. Unfortunately, people in Jammu and Kashmir, who are already mired in an agonising situation shall have to bear the maximum brunt,” she said.Mehbooba said that the perpetrators of violence must understand that violent methods have yielded nothing in the past nor will they yield anything in future.
They added that the terrorist were carrying AK47s, Under Barrel Grenade Launchers (UBGL), 52 MM mortars and GPS locators. The sources also said that the aim of the Pathankot attack and the one in Afghanistan was to derail the Indo-Pak talks.
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