Next-gen surveillance gear used to foil J&K’s Uri: Army infiltration bid

PTI, August 26, 2022, 4:05 PM IST

Next-generation surveillance equipment, including air and ground sensors, and weapons were used to track and neutralize three terrorists during an anti-infiltration operation along the Line of Control (LoC) in the sector of ‘Uri in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, the military said. .

Speaking to reporters in Baramulla, North Kashmir, the General Officer Commanding the Army’s 19th Infantry Division, Major General Ajay Chandpuri, said the operation was launched following credible input from various sources, including military intelligence, the Jammu and Kashmir police and the army’s own sources on the ground.

“We foiled a PoK infiltration attempt in the Kamalkote area of ​​Uri sector, in which three foreign terrorists were neutralized and assault weapons and ammunition were recovered,” he said. declared.

The GC said the terrain where the operation was carried out was extremely difficult.

“There was dense undergrowth. The weather was extremely foggy with heavy rain and the whole area was mined. Thus, the multiple challenges faced while conducting the operation could be well appreciated,” he said.

Giving details of the operation, Colonel Raghav, the commander of the 8 Rashtriya Rifles which led the operation, said troops, including those from the BSF, deployed to the line of control in the area had spotted on Wednesday suspicious movements in the area.

“Based on this, Operation Mrityunjay was launched. Small ambush parties and surveillance detachments were inducted into the area. Our teams were undetected by enemy surveillance devices and surveillance mechanisms Our teams were deployed at this location for over 25 hours and at 7:55 a.m. on August 25, the teams spotted the terrorists crossing the Line of Control,” he said.

The CO said the movement of the terrorists was verified using the latest air and ground sensors and surveillance equipment.

At around 8:45 a.m. Thursday, the terrorists came within 40 to 50 meters of the ambushes, which opened fire on them, and in a brief exchange of about 15 minutes, the three Pakistani terrorists were neutralized, it said. he declares. .

Colonel Raghav said the search operation in the area was still ongoing.

“The search is ongoing due to the constraints of the minefield. At present, clearance measures are underway to ensure proper search,” he added.

He said two AK series guns, a Chinese M-16 gun and their ammunition and other stores were recovered.

“It also appeared that these terrorists were well treated and prepared for infiltration and also, their build and gait indicate that they had undergone formal military training,” he said.

The commander said that surveillance equipment and new generation weapons were used optimally during the operation.

When asked if the terrorists had been identified, the GC said that according to the 19th Infantry Division, the ultras killed were not in possession of any documents to determine their identity.

“We believe that before pushing these terrorists to infiltration, their identity papers were taken away from them and they had no identity papers. So we don’t know their exact identity,” he said.

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