The encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag has stretched to the fifth day, with thousands of troops including para commandos locked in an endless gunfight deep inside the dense forests of Gadol. Trained in jungle warfare, the terrorists are making use of the treacherous terrain and forest cover to keep the forces at bay and prolong the encounter.
The faceoff that continues for over 100 hours now began Wednesday and three officers, including two from the Army and a policeman, were killed in action in an attempt to neutralise the terrorists.
The heavily armed terrorists, believed to be two-three in number, are hiding in a tactically favourable location in the dense and steep forest. This indicates a new pattern being used by the terrorists to take on the security structure in Kashmir.
These 100 hours, the troops fired hundreds of motor shells and rockets, and targeted suspected terrorist hideouts with hi-tech equipment and dropped explosives using advanced drones.
Loud explosions and heavy gunfire echo in the serene alpine forests time to time.
Army’s Northern Command chief Lt General Upendra Dwivedi visited the encounter site on Saturday where he was briefed about how troops are using the advanced equipment including drones and firepower against the terrorists.
OP GAROL#LtGenUpendraDwivedi#ArmyCdr, Northern Command reviewed the operational situation on the ongoing operations at #Kokernag forest area in #Anantnag. He was briefed by the ground commanders on the High Intensity Operations in which Hi-tech Equipment is being used for… pic.twitter.com/MggzlYb2Lh
— NORTHERN COMMAND – INDIAN ARMY (@NorthernComd_IA) September 16, 2023
The Army has even released a picture of the drone being used in the operation.
With inputs from NDTV