New Delhi, 21 February 2017
In another display of vigil and dogged determination, troops of 163 Bn BSF deployed in Rajouri sector have foiled an infiltration attempt by heavily armed Pakistani militants on the Line of Control.
During intervening night of 20th & 21Feb 2017 at around midnight, BSF troops deployed on forward duty points along the LC Fence in the Keri Sector of Distt Rajouri observed suspicious movement of 3-4 Militants moving towards the fence.
The BSF sentries immediately alerted the nearby duty points and also simultaneously kept the movement & the entire area under close observation. As the Militants approached the LC fence, one of them tried to negotiate it.
However, the alert BSF troops brought down effective fire on them on realizing that they had been spotted, the militants opened up with automatic weapons and also fired UBGL grenades on the BSF troops deployed on the duty points along the fence.
BSF troops retaliated with aimed fire, as a result one of the terrorists was neutralized at the fence itself. Due to the effective firing by the BSF troops, the other three militants were unable to move further and retreated back towards POK taking the advantage of the darkness as well as undulating ground.
As they were escaping, it could be observed that one of slain / injured militant was also being dragged along. After that, the area was kept under close and intense surveillance throughout the night.
At first light around 0700 hrs, BSF party carried out thorough search and mopping up of the entire area in cautious manner Subsequently, the dead body of slain militant was also retrieved after following necessary safety drills.
Following items were recovered from the slain militant and the surrounding
1 AK-56 Rifle-01 No.
2 AK Magazines- 16 Nos
3 AK Live Amn – 267 Nos
4 AK Series EFC – 89 Nos.
5 Radio Set – 01 No
6 Binocular -01 No
7 Grenade – 05 Nos
8 Wire cutter- 03 Nos
9 Back pack bag -04 Nos
10 IED – 02 Nos
11 AK Mag fitted with IED-01
12 Knife – 01 Nos
13 Pencil cell – 48 Nos
14 Charger – 02 Nos.
15. Walking sticks-04 Nos
16 Liquid material bottles for fire burning
17 Hand Gloves – 05 Pairs.
18 Rain coat, Jacket, Bed Sheet and survival items like Dry fruits/ Juices etc.
Had the BSF not successfully eliminated the militant and foiled the infiltration bid, these heavily armed militants could have caused havoc in the hinterland.
Since the neutralization of three militants in encounter on 29 November 2016 in area of BoP Chamliyal under Ramgarh sector, BSF has successfully foiled 11 Infiltration bids suspicious movements on International Border and 15 on Line of Control under Jammu region.
BSF safeguards International Borders and responsible for effectively guarding part of LC under Jammu Region.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.