DG BSF reviews border domination plan along IB in Jammu
STATE TIMES NEWS Jammu: Thirteen heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists were killed as the Army scuttled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district and Mendhar in Poonch Sector. While three heavily-armed terrorists were killed in Rajouri district’s Nowshera sector this morning, 10 more ultras were gunned down in an encounter with army troops in Mendhar in Jammu division, a national television channel quoting army officials reported. With this, the toll from the encounters has now risen to 13.
Major combing operation launched along LoC, IB in Jammu Jammu: Security forces on Monday launched a major combing operation in half-a-dozen hamlets along the Line of Control in Poonch district following inputs of an infiltration bid by a group of terrorists, officials said. The army and police launched a search and combing operation in six to seven hamlets along the LoC in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch early in the morning, they said. The operation was going on when reports last came in, they said. There was a movement of a group of terrorists along LoC in the area on Sunday night, according to reports. Meanwhile, security forces also launched a search operation following “suspected movement” in the riverine areas along the International Border (IB) in Kathua-Samba sector, officials said. The Border Security Force (BSF) and police launched the operation in the Hiranagar area late Sunday night after receiving information about the use of torch lights and suspected movement along the border, they said. The entire area was cordoned off and searches conducted till Monday morning, the officials said. The operation is going on in Samba sector’s riverine areas of Basantar and Eik Nalah areas, which are adjacent to Hiranagar, they said. In the last few years, terrorists have infiltrated into India through Hiranagar and Samba and carried out attacks on army camps, police stations in Samba, Kathua, Jammu and Nagrota areas. Checkpoints along the International Border and on the Jammu-Pathankot highway are on alert.
An army official told India Today TV that in an ongoing counter-infiltration operation which started on May 28, alert troops of Indian Army eliminated an infiltration bid along the LoC in Mendhar sector and killed at least ten terrorists. The officer said searches are underway in the villages of Poonch district. The Pakistani terrorists made the abortive attempt to sneak into the Kalal area of Nowshera from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on May 28 but were killed in the subsequent counter-infiltration operation, the officials said. They said bodies of all the three terrorists were found by the search parties on Monday morning but could not be retrieved due to close proximity of the enemy posts and the lurking threat of firing during any attempt to recover them. However, a large number of arms and ammunition, including two AK assault rifles with 13 filled magazines, a US-make M-16A2 rifle with six filled magazines, a 9-MM Chinese pistol, an Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) with six grenades, five hand grenades and two knives, were recovered during the operation, the officials said. In addition, they said, a large number of food items, medicines and Rs 17,000 in Indian currency was recovered from the rucksacks which were found left abandoned by the terrorists while trying to flee back in the face of the heavy firing by the Indian Army.
Meanwhile, Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) S S Deswal visited forward areas along the International Border (IB) in Jammu frontier and reviewed the border domination plan, the border guarding force said. Deswal, who arrived here on May 30 on a two-day visit, also reviewed the prevailing COVID-19 situation and advised the troops to indulge in physical activities for improved immunity to deal with the pandemic, a spokesperson of the BSF said. Accompanied by Additional DG, S Panwar and Inspector General, Jammu frontier, N S Jamwal, he said the DG BSF visited the critical areas of the entire border stretch and held discussions with various sector and unit commanders besides police officers regarding border domination and other security measures being adopted. The IG BSF briefed the chief about the complexities of management of Jammu border under prevailing security scenario, while the field commanders apprised him about the various ongoing construction works on the border and constraints being faced during their implementation, the spokesperson said. He said the DG BSF also reviewed the border domination plan. Interacting with jawans and patiently attending to their issues, the spokesperson said the DG BSF stressed about the importance of physical fitness and exhorted the troops to engage themselves in regular fitness exercises and games. He also planted various tree saplings in the Border Out Posts to give it a look of ‘green border’, the spokesperson said.
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