Infiltration bid foiled in Kupwara, 2 infiltrators shot dead

House attached for militant harbouring

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Sept 25: Security forces today foiled an infiltration bid by militants killing two infiltrators along the Line of Control (LoC) in Macchal sector of Kupwara.
A defence spokesman said that based on specific intelligence inputs received from Jammu and Kashmir Police and other intelligence agencies of likely infiltration attempt in Macchal sector, troops were put on high alert and joint ambushes were laid by police and Army on likely routes of infiltration.

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He said that this morning in prevailing poor weather conditions, alert troops observed two armed infiltrators crossing the LoC near Tekri Nar in Macchal.
The spokesman said that the infiltrating militants were engaged by troops leading to a gun battle in which both the militants were neutralised. He said that two AK-47 rifles, six magazines, 53 AK-47 rounds, four hand grenades, two pistols, two pistol magazines, 35 pistol rounds, three Rs 1000 notes, two Rs 500 notes and seven Rs 50 notes of Pakistan currency and food items were recovered from them.
This is the second infiltration bid that was foiled along the LoC in Kupwara sector of Kashmir in last one month.
Earlier on August 25, security forces foiled a major infiltration bid along the LoC in Uri sector by killing three militants.
In both the cases, security forces had prior input about the possible infiltration of militants in the area.
An official said that militants are desperate to infiltrate ahead of winter and troops are on high alert to foil any such attempts.
A senior Army officer said that they are receiving multiple inputs along the LoC of possible infiltration attempts in Kashmir and the troops have been put on maximum alert to foil any such designs. He said that regular patrols are being conducted along the fence and in the nearby forest areas.
The officer said that troops are using full use of technology against the infiltration.
The officer said that 100 to 120 militants are awaiting infiltration in around 15-20 launch pads along the LoC. He added they are desperate to infiltrate ahead of snowfall which closes the mountain passes and acts as a natural barrier against any possible attempts of infiltration.
Meanwhile, police in Bandipora today attached the residential house of a man for harbouring militants who were operating in the area.
A police spokesman said that Bandipora Police attached the residential house of one Bashir Ahmad Mir son of Abdul Sattar Mir of Wanpora Gurez who presently lives at Watrina Bandipora.
He said that the property was attached after obtaining legal sanction from the competent authorities. Mir had wilfully provided shelter in the house to two militants who were killed last year and were involved in militancy related attacks in the area.
Police said that the investigation proved beyond doubt that the house was used for the purpose of militancy, sheltering and harbouring militants. The harbouring, police said, was voluntarily.
The spokesman said that the militants were using the house as hideout for planning and carrying out the attacks.
The spokesman said that the police has asked the people not to provide shelter to the militants as it will lead to attachment of their properties.
The attachment of the house in Bandipora comes two months after five houses were attached in Srinagar that were used for harbouring militants.