25 to 30 militants infiltrate this year: ADG BSF

"Machil encounter is still on"

"Machil encounter is still on"

Srinagar, November 9 (KNS): Additional Director General of BSF Surinder Pawar Monday said this year only 25 to 30 militants managed to infiltrate into this side compared to 140 last year.

He said this while briefing reporters regarding the Machil operation at BSF headquarter Humhama Srinagar on the wreath laying ceremony of slain BSF constable.

"the operation in Machil area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district is still underway," he said according to KNS correspondent.

Giving the operation details, he said, " At 1 am (on Saturday), BSF men noticed suspicious movement of three militants at Machil sector after which a team of BSF led by two constables—Constable Sudir Kumar and Constable Abdul challenged the militants. “One of the militants fired at Constable Sudir injuring him badly. The exchange of fire continued till 4:30 am. The injured BSF constable succumbed to his injuries,” Pawar said. " Latee with the first light on Sunday, army reinforcements launched an operation in which two militants were killed. In the exchange of firing, army captain Ashutosh Kumar and two soldiers were killed,” the ADG BSF said.

He also revealed that BSF had already an input about possible infiltration bid.

“Our ambush-cum patrolling party noticed the movement of militants on the intervening nigh of November 7 and 8,” he said.

Regarding the status of infiltration this year, he said this year only 25 to 30 militants managed to enter into this side compared to 135 to 140 last year. “Our counter infiltration grid is very strong. Machil was obviously a big infiltration bid that was foiled by alert troops,” he said.

He further added : “The area comprises tough terrain and uneven ground. To rule out the presence of any other militant, sanitization and mopping operation is on in the area,” he said.(KNS) 

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