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The army is scouring the forest area of ​​200 sq km, the campaign is going on for 11 days, the army chief has also visited | The army is sweeping the forest area of ​​200 sq km, the campaign is going on for 11 days

By Shivani Kapoor - October 22, 2021

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Army’s search operation is going on for the last 11 days in Poonch and Rajouri districts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Now it has become the longest operation against terrorism in the last two decades. The process of scouring 150 to 200 sq km of extremely inaccessible-wooded area of ​​both the districts started on October 11, when 5 jawans, including a JCO, were martyred in an encounter with terrorists in the forests of Surankote in Poonch. Then the terrorists got the advantage of mountains, dense forests and weather. Most of the army camps are also outside this forest.

After that incident, the army intensified the operation. On October 14, the army faced the terrorists hiding in the forests of Mendhar in Poonch. Two jawans including a JCO were martyred in this encounter. After that, the army took the help of drones, modern equipment and aerial surveillance for searching in the dense forest. The army traced the terrorists four times in five days, but they escaped. Then Para Special Forces were deployed.

Two jawans went missing after a terrorist encounter on October 15. Later the bodies of the JCO and a rifleman were found. Including these, the number of martyrs increased to 9. The defense expert monitoring the operation said that there are probably many groups of terrorists, who are aware of the forests. On October 17, three suspected workers, including a woman, were detained by the police in Mendhar. Later 6 more people were arrested.

The campaign lasted more than 15 days in 2003, 65 terrorists killed
The martyrdom of 9 soldiers in the latest operation is being said to be the biggest loss in any retaliatory action of the army in two decades. In 2009, there was a 5 day long operation in the forest of Kupwara. Then Major Mohit Sharma was martyred along with 7 soldiers. 17 terrorists were killed in the operation. In 2003, Operation Sarp-Vanash lasted more than 15 days in the mountainous Kaka belt of Surankot. Then 65 terrorists were killed. This was the biggest operation ever in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 15,000 soldiers were involved.

12 soldiers martyred since July, 10 terrorists also killed

Experts say, the group of terrorists involved in the Poonch encounter was probably the first major group to infiltrate after the February 25 ceasefire. It infiltrated from Sunderbani sector on 7 July. Since then 10 terrorists have been killed and 12 jawans have been martyred. The terrorist group, which describes itself as the People’s Anti-Fascist Front, has claimed responsibility for the October 11 attack by releasing a video on October 18.

Srinagar: Encounter with terrorists, IID deactivated
An encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar late on Thursday evening. Police of Kashmir Zone told on social media that the encounter took place in Chanpora area. Earlier in Baramulla district, security forces detected and defused explosives (IEDs). Due to this a major terrorist attack in Saidpara of Rafiabad area was averted.

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