Pak breaches ceasefire agreement, BAT attack foiled in Keran: GOC

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Jan 2: Army today said that a BAT attempt was foiled yesterday at Keran sector where an intruder who was trying to sneak in was killed.
Addressing a press conference at Kupwara, General Officer Commanding of 28-Division Major General Abhijit Pendharkar said that yesterday at 3 pm, a complete breach of ceasefire agreement was noticed when an infiltrator wearing a pathan suit and a black jacket was trying to enter this side.

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“He was challenged and subsequently killed. This was a BAT action. In the swift action, the infiltrator was killed,” he said.
“He has been identified as Muhammad Shabir Malik, a Pakistani national. “An AK-47 rifle and seven magazines were recovered from him,” Major General Abhijit said.
He said that vaccination certificates and an identity card were recovered from the killed militant. “A document showing the slain in army uniform was also found in the pocket of the slain,” the GOC said.
He added that the infiltration route choosen by the slain was the same as the one used by five armed militants last year in April, who were killed in the Keran sector.
He said that a communication has been made to the Pakistani army on hot-line to take back the body of the infiltrator.
The Army officer said that there are continuous inputs about possible infiltration bids by militants in Keran and Kupwara sectors ahead of the snowfall in the areas but Army was alert and maintaining vigil to thwart all such plans.
A Defence spokesman said here in a statement that the incident site is located on the Pakistani side of the Anti-Infiltration Obstacle System, kept under surveillance by the Indian Army to effectively counter any nefarious activity by the infiltrators or Pakistan army.
“The body of the slain was recovered along with one AK 47 and large quantity of ammunition including seven grenades. The surveillance of the area is in progress, denying any exploitation of the bad weather condition prevailing in the area and the operation is ongoing,” it read.