Over 250 terrorists at launch pads across LoC: BSF

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Operation in J&K’s Machil still on to rule out presence of terrorists

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Srinagar: The BSF on Monday said the operation along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Machil sector, in which four security forces personnel were martyred and three terrorists were killed on Sunday during a failed infiltration bid, was on to rule out the presence of other ultras in the area.
Three Army personnel, including an officer, a BSF constable were martyred and three terrorists were killed as the ultras made a failed infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Machil sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
“The operation is still on. The area comprises a tough terrain and uneven ground. To rule out the presence of any other terrorist, a sanitisation operation is on in the area. We will satisfy ourselves that no terrorist is there,” Additional Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF) Surinder Pawar said.
He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the wreath-laying ceremony of Constable Sudir Sarkar at the BSF STC, Humhama on the outskirts of the city.
Pawar said it was an infiltration attempt and not a Border Action Team (BAT) attack. He said the security forces had received inputs about infiltration attempts by terrorists in the sector a fortnight ago.
“We received inputs about 15 days ago that terrorists will try to infiltrate. So our ambush-cum-patrolling party patrolled the area during the night. Around 1 am (on Sunday), the patrolling party observed some suspicious movement and challenged the terrorists. The terrorists retaliated and Constable Sarkar was badly injured. But he fought bravely and killed a terrorist, before succumbing to the injuries,” Pawar said.
The ADG, BSF said two other terrorists fled the spot and the border-guarding force then alerted its other posts and the Army.
“With the first light on Sunday, the Army and the BSF launched a joint operation in which the two terrorists were killed. In the exchange of fire, Army Captain Ashutosh Kumar and two soldiers were martyred,” he said.
Asked about the status of infiltration this year, Pawar said only 24 to 25 terrorists have managed to enter the Indian side of the LoC so far this year, compared to the 135 to 140 last year.
About 250 to 300 terrorists are at launchpads across the LoC, waiting to infiltrate, the BSF officer said, adding, “Our counter-infiltration grid is very strong and making improvements to it is a continuous exercise.”

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