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Biggest counter insurgency move ends in JK
JAMMU, APR 4 (AGENCIES/IANS):
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Published on 4 Apr. 2010 11:38 PM IST
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In one of the biggest counter insurgency operations in the country, Operation Khoj continued for 10 days, resulting in heavy gunfight with 1,000 troops on ground. The operation spreads over 50 km in Kashmir.
“No doubt it was the biggest by the sheer size of it, and the number of people involved on ground,” said Major General MMS Rai of GOC, Uniform Force.
“We wanted to quickly eliminate, search and destroy and that is why we lost our own men too,” he added.
A large group of LeT miltants, all equipped with maps weapons and ammunition, infiltrated along the Pallanwalla sector near Jammu on March 22 night. The militants then split into smaller groups of four to six, possibly for a major attack. The security forces decided to seek them out and called it ‘Operation Khoj’, as reported by CNN-IBN.
SS Watali, SP Rajouri, said: “They had infiltrated and we said ‘Khoj’ karo. That is why we named it Operation Khoj.”
Though the operation has officially ended, searches are still on for a few missing militants.
“We have inputs that four more militants could be the prowl,” said Watali.
After Operation Sarpavinash in 2004, security forces claim Operation Khoj is the biggest ever.
2 terrorists killed
Indian troops Sunday gunned down two terrorists who sneaked into Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan, the military said.
The two men were killed in Kupwara district on the Line of Control (LoC), which divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan, army spokesman Lt Col J.S. Brar told IANS here.
“The terrorists were killed in Keran sector,” he said, adding that his men had foiled another infiltration bid by the terrorists from Pakistan. He said the identity of the guerrillas had not been established and further searches were on in the area. Eight guerrillas were killed by the army in the same sector late last month in a fierce gunfight that raged for three days.
With intelligence inputs suggesting that around 400 guerrillas had been waiting to sneak into Jammu and Kashmir this summer, security forces have been put on maximum alert.
The army has launched Operation ‘Khoj’ in Rajouri district of Jammu region where 14 guerrillas were recently killed in different gunfights.

 
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