“Pak Army not involved: Keran locals’
Srinagar, Oct 04: Expressing serious concern over the apprehensions that militants are using telephone line from other side, Indian security agencies are mired in dilemma as they fail to intercept the phone calls of these militants, the sources said and believe the infiltrators are neither using satellite phones nor any mobile devices.
“The security agencies today in a meeting held serious concern that during last 11 days, the militants who have allegedly occupied the posts might have dumped the daily essentials and ammunition so as to survive for a long time,” sources said.
They said there are some intelligence reports that some 7 to 8 militants have managed to sneak into this side through the Ustad, Kalong, Eagle and Sonapandi posts which, according to sources are short-cut routes and favorable to the infiltrating militants.
“Through the Ustad Post, the infiltrating militants managed to reach Manchtir and Chowkibal forests, through Kalong post, they can reach Batpora, Rashanpora and Halmatpora forests while as through Eagle Post, they can reach Nowgam and Rajwar and through Sonapandi route they can reach Macchhil, Kalaroos and Lolab forests,” sources added.
A local from the area, Raja Muneer Ahmd Khan while talking to Global News Service (GNS) said it is totally baseless to say that Pakistani Army has occupied the Shalabatoo area. “If it had been so (involvement of Pakistani Army), as some media reports suggested, then it would have taken the shape of Kargil like war,” he said, adding that both Indo-Pak governments should thoroughly investigate the issue with cool and objective mind as to who are involved in the infiltration. “Whether it is the weakness of Indian Army or the strength of militants, they should find it out peacefully.”
“We don’t want another Kargil war between the two nuclear countries at any cost,” the local added.
Only a day earlier, the PARA shooters of 9-Para and 4-Para were called from Bandipora, Lolab and Handwara areas to flush out the hiding militants inside the forest area of Shalabatoo.
“Para troopers have intensified their combing operation but are yet to get in contact with the intruders,” sources said, adding that troopers have completely cordoned off the area and they are fully geared to recapture the occupied posts very soon. (GNS)