Army Hopes ‘Curtailment’ In Militant Recruitment After Amshipora Shopian Gunfight

Says Police Successfully Prevented Stone Pelters From Interference In Operation


Srinagar, July 19: Army on Sunday said that it was hopeful that there would curtailment in recruitment by the “Pakistani militants and their freedom of movement will be controlled” in Shopian areas after the gunfight at Amshipora in the south Kashmir district on weekend.

“We got information about the presence of 4-5 militants in the village. At 0245 hours on July 18, while the cordon party was in the process of laying the cordon, they came under heavy fire from the fringes of the cordon and after 5 minutes they came under fire from the centre of the cordon,” 2 Sector Commander Brigadier Ajay Kotach told reporters.

“The cordon party was redeployed; additional parties were rushed to the spot to strengthen the cordon. By 0430 hours, the police and CRPF reached the operational site,” he said.

At 0530 hours, he said, after there was visibility, a search party was moved into the target house which was ‘newly constructed single house.”
“While the search party moved in, they came under fire and in the ensuing action, three militants were neutralized,” he said, adding, “The dead bodies with arms and ammunition along with IED material were handed over to the police in situ as per the standard operating procedures.”

There was no collateral damage to civilian life or property, he said. “The J&K police successfully prevented the stone peters to interfere with the operation,” he said.

The army officer said that there has been the presence of Pakistani militants in the area.

“We are hopeful that there would curtailment in recruitment by the Pakistani militants and their freedom of movement will be controlled and we will be effectively dominate this area now,” he added. (GNS)

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