LoC clash: Indian troops claim killing seven ‘infiltrators’

Published: October 6, 2013
Military has been fighting 30 to 40 militants who crossed the LoC last month. PHOTO: FILE

Military has been fighting 30 to 40 militants who crossed the LoC last month. PHOTO: FILE


Indian army claims to have killed seven militants during the past 24 hours in their side of the disputed Kashmir state. The military claims it has been fighting 30 to 40 infiltrators who crossed the Line of Control (LoC) last month.

“Four militants were killed in the Fateh Gali area of Indian Kashmir on Saturday,” Colonel Rajesh Kalia told AFP, adding three other suspected rebels were killed in another gun battle in nearby Gujardur area the previous day.

Kalia said assault rifles, pistols and rocket launchers were found at the scene of the latest fire-fight, just west of the abandoned village of Shala Bhattu in Kashmir’s Keran sector. The fighting has been taking place since September 23.

The Indian army alleges that the infiltrators may include some special Pakistani troops, but Islamabad has denied any involvement in the fighting. It is one of the longest Indian army operations to flush out militants in Kashmir in recent years.

“The terrorists are holed up,” General Bikram Singh, the Indian army chief, told reporters, but added “it is difficult, treacherous terrain”.

“We will take them on. It is a question of time,” he said, declining to indicate when the fighting might end.

An Indian army commander said late last month 12 suspected militants were killed in Shala Bhattu. No other casualty figures have been given since the fighting erupted.

The scale of the alleged incursion has led to Indian media talk of a “mini-Kargil” situation, a reference to a Pakistani intrusion into Kargil region in 1999 that left hundreds dead on both sides. But the Indian army has rejected such suggestions. India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir, which both countries claim.

The latest killings follow talks between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh last weekend on the sidelines of a UN meeting.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 6th, 2013. 

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Oct 8, 2013 - 8:04PM

    It is wrong to say they are infiltrators,or rebals no they are not.
    in fact they are Kashmiry freedom fighters fighting the war of their

    Lage number of sacrifices has been offered by them The mission
    is continued.

    United Nations in this connection have passed considerable resolutions
    but Indian leadership draw no attention on it and still describing Kashmire
    their essentional part.

    Shimla Agreement is a very important document in this regard signed by the
    two primiers recognised that Kashmire is a disputed matter between India and
    Pakistan and it will solved by negotiatins

    But Now Indian leadership has refused to have talke on it.


  • Oct 8, 2013 - 8:19PM

    Blame game,propoganda campaign,
    stooge is dancing on his master’s voice.,
    nothing gain but in vain.


  • Oct 8, 2013 - 9:03PM

    United Nations sidelines,Mr.Singh looked inclined to deal with the situation
    with cooperative hand but no long ago,Indiam military might picturising a
    new film named ” infiltration”
    Acoording to them,they overpowered many infiltrators and killed some others.

    Further added,situation is fully under control,they decribed infiltrators as personnel
    of Pakistan’s well trained army.

    When you gone through the media report and the stance they adopted you may easily come to the conclusion that their activities and statements are totally baseless,contradiction in the language has covered all the ways leading to assurence.


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