Uri, September 20
Central government today started its war against militancy wherein Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed top brass of security officials to tackle militancy with heavy hands.
In its fight against militancy, several countries including Russia, USA, UK, Manama and others supported India to fight against Pakistan.
Ten infiltrating militants were killed and an army soldier critically injured in two gunfights in north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Kupwara districts on Tuesday.
Defence sources said 10 infiltrating militants were killed in an ongoing operation on the Line of Control (LoC) in Lachipora area in Uri sector where a group of 15 heavily armed militants tried to enter the Indian side, during a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army.
“Lachipora operation against the infiltrating terrorists is still on,” a defence source said.
The area on the LoC where the infiltrating militants were challenged by the army is barely six km from the army camp that was attacked by four suicide guerrillas on Sunday morning in the garrison town of Uri.
Eighteen soldiers were killed and 30 others injured in the Uri attack. All the four fidayeen attackers were also killed.
In the other operation, a group of heavily armed militants was challenged by the security forces in Nowgam area of Kupwara district near the LoC, police sources said.
“When challenged, the group of heavily armed militants fired at the security forces, triggering an encounter in which one army soldier was critically injured.
“The encounter is still going on in the area. There are five to six militants engaged in the encounter by the security forces in Nowgam area,” a police source said. The latest infiltration bid comes as New Delhi and Islamabad are locked in a bitter diplomatic war of words following the Uri terror attack, which India has blamed on militants from Pakistan.
Pakistan has denied the allegations even as India claimed to have clinching evidence to support its claims.
The Indian Army has said it has recovered arms, ammunition and food and medicine packets with Pakistani markings during the combing operations at the military base in Uri.
India also claimed that the four attackers gunned down during the two-and-half hours of gunfight were foreigners.
According to the Indian Army, infiltration attempts from across the border with Pakistan have increased this year in comparison with the past three to four years. In 2016 so far, the Indian Army has foiled n 18 infiltration bids from across the border.
Some 110 militants were killed and 31 of them were gunned down near the LoC.
The army said it was a “desperate attempt” by Pakistan to create “disturbance and foment unrest” in India.
Meanwhile, in Handwara: One jawan was killed in a fierce encounter that ensued between militants and security forces at Handwara, where a police station was attacked and late last night, official sources said here this afternoon.
They said on specific information about the presence of militants, security forces and state police launched a joint operation at Handwara.
However, when the security forces were moving towards particular area, militants opened fire with automatic weapons during which a security jawan was injured who later succumbed to his injuries.
In its fight against militancy, several countries including Big diplomatic win for India as Russia calls off military exercise with Pakistan: Russia has called off its joint military exercise with Pakistan after the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector.
Russia’s move has come as a big diplomatic gain for India. At international level, India has already decided to isolate Pakistan.
Russia confirmed its continued support for the Indian government’s counter terrorism efforts. The country offered condolences to the families of the victims and wished a rapid recovery to all those injured.
The move has come just a day after attack by four armed terrorists at an Army camp in Jammu & Kashmir’s Uri district. 18 soldiers of Indian Army martyred in the attack.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan and Russia were scheduled to conduct the ‘Druzhba-2016’ tactical exercises from September 24-October 7, 2016, in Rattu and Cherat.
Soon after the Islamabad had confirmed about exercise, the Indian External Affairs Ministry (EAM) had sent a letter to Russia in which India said that Moscow should keep New Delhi’s sensitivity in mind while conducting joint military drills with neighbouring Pakistan.
Uri, September 20