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Oct 04, 2013 at 12:13pm IST

Keran intrusion nowhere close to the Kargil situation, says Army Chief

Srinagar: Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Friday said the Keran intrusion is in no way comparable to Kargil. He instead chose to describe it as an infiltration attempt.

"There is no Kargil-like situation in Keran sector of Kashmir. No village has been occupied by terrorists. We will get them out soon. It is a matter of time," General Bikram Singh said.

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The battle in Keran along the Line of Control entered its final stages on Friday. Indian forces have been battling around 30 to 40 terrorists who infiltrated the region 11 days ago.

Pakistan is denying a hand in it even as the evidence points otherwise. The Indian Army has called in additional forces for the operation as the terrorists have been hold up in a village on the Indian side of the LoC for 10 days.

However, the Army has claimed that 15 intruders have been killed even though no bodies, arms and ammunition have been recovered by it. The operation is taking place in the high altitude, thickly forested Shala Bhata area, which has been cordoned off.

The first encounter took place on September 24 in which five Indian soldiers were wounded. The sources have told that the intruders are standing on their ground and are firing along a front of 4 to 5 kms.

Indian Army's 15 Corps has denied reports that attempts were made by the Pakistan side to set up a supply line for the intruders. However, it has said that there is a possibility of the the intruders consisting of a Pakistani Border Action Team, a mix of terrorists and regular soldiers.

Meanwhile, more infiltration bids were foiled by the Army on Thursday and Friday. The Indian Army on Friday foiled an infiltration bid in Gujjardur area near Shallabattu in Jammu. Two infiltrators have been killed in the incident.

Another ceasefire violation on international border in Hiranagar area of Samba sector took place on Thurday where the Pakistan rangers targeted the Pahadpur post of BSF. The BSF fired in retaliation and foiled the infiltration bid.

In Poonch too, the Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian posts at around 6:30 pm on Thursday. Indian troops guarding the border retaliated with the same calibre weaponry, which resulted in a 20 minute gunbattle.