Shalabatoo Intrusion: Chachra, Gurmit Pay Aerial Visit, Review Situation

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Lt Gen Sanjiv  Chachra, GOC-in-C, Northern Command Saturday visited forward areas of Keran sector in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district. The official, according to reports held a meeting with senior officers in the frontier district with regards to recent intrusion in Shalabatoo area by militants.

General Chachra, accompanied by GOC 15-Corps, General Gurmit Singh visited the whole Keran Sector via helicopters and took stock of the situation.

Soon after taking aerial visit of Keran Sector, the officers held a meeting with other senior Army officers of Kupwara district at Army’s 28 Infantry Division and discussed various issues including recent intrusion by militants in Shalabatoo area near Keran Sector of Line of Control (LoC), rise in infiltration across LoC and other security related issues, official sources while talking to Global News Service (GNS) said.

The possibility of militants using telephone landline and making contact with other side also featured among the topics discussed during the meeting, sources said, adding intelligence agencies are worried about being unable to intercept the phone calls of these intruders. The meeting also held apprehensions that intruders might have dumped large amount of arms and ammunition besides some food essentials to survive for long, sources said.

The Defence spokesperson in a statement issued to GNS said that in the next two days, Army Commander is scheduled to visit the forward formations and units to review the anti-infiltration grid. “He’ll also review the ongoing operations being conducted by the Army,” the spokesperson said.

“General Chachra will also call on Governor N.N .Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah,” spokesperson added.

Meanwhile, Para troopers along 3/3 GR, 15 RR, 16 GR and 5 ASSAM have intensified the combing operation and are about to combat with militants in Shalabatoo area of Keran Sector.

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