Anantnag operation: The encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district has entered into its fifth day on Sunday (September 17) as the search for two hiding militants continues in the Kokernag area. The security forces have cordoned off the entire region and are tracking each and every movement of the two terrorists who are yet to be neutralised.
Around 110 hours passed since the operation Gadole Kokernag was started in South Kashmir. Top police officials said that terrorists have been encircled at one area near the natural cave-turned-hideout.
3 terrorist killed, hunt for 2 still on
At least three terrorists have been killed in the security operation. According to reports, two more terrorists are hiding in the mountains of Gadole forests in the Kokernag area of Anantnag. Sources said terrorist movements are being noticed in drone cameras, these two terrorists are still alive or injured and returning army's fire. Security forces have tracked their movements using drone surveillance and tried to burn the location. Meanwhile, the bodies of three terrorists have been spotted and located.
Security forces have established contact again and Jammu and Kashmir Police are scanning the OGW network of terrorists who are trapped inside the cave. The terrorists are hiding in a 10-15-foot-long cave in the hilly region of Gadole forests. Meanwhile, the bodies of three terrorists have been spotted and located.
Drones and helicopters deployed
After the first day operation, when forces lost three senior officers and a soldier, the operation was conducted with utmost strength and strategy to avoid further collateral damage.
The drones and helicopters were deployed to keep surveillance in the hilly terrain and pinpoint the locations of the terrorists in the forest in Gadole in the Kokernag area of the south Kashmir district. The security forces also fired several mortar shells towards the forest. There were several cave-like hideouts in the forest area and drones were being used to pinpoint their locations to carry out attacks on them.
Drone footage showed a militant running for cover after one such hideout was hit by shells fired by security forces on Friday.
Schools around the Gadole Kokernag area are shut for the fifth consecutive day. Local residents around the operational area are also evacuated as precautionary measures. The forces have reached the top of the Gadole forest and have laid a strong cordon around the area, so terrorists couldn't escape.
Hunt on for 28 terrorists in Kulgam and Anantnag
Meanwhile, another team of security forces is on a hunt for 28 terrorists in Kulgam and Anantnag area. Out of 28 terrorists, 16 terrorists are local terrorists, which includes 11 Hizbul Mujahideen and 7 Lashkar-e-Taiba and 12 Pakistani terrorists. They all are under scanner. These 28 wanted terrorists are from Anantnag and Kulgam areas.
List of 28 terrorists
Northern Army Commander reviews operational situation
Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi today reviewed the operational situation on the ongoing operations at the Kokernag forest area in Anantnag. According to the Army officials, he was briefed by the ground commanders on the High-Intensity Operations in which Hi-tech Equipment is being used for surveillance and delivery of firepower along with the high impact of precision fire being used by the forces.