SRINAGAR: The Army caught a Pakistani terrorist alive and shot dead another in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday following which a senior officer blamed Pakistan for supporting infiltration.
The two terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba had infiltrated on September 18. General Officer Commanding, 19 Infantry Division, Major General Virendra Vats said an army patrol had detected infiltration movement along the LoC near Salamabad nallah. “There was a firefight and later we found that the infiltration group comprised six men of which four had returned while two sneaked into this side.”
Additional troops were mobilised and a search operation launched, he said.
“After the cordon was laid, there was an exchange of gunfire between two sides. We finally zeroed-in on the nallah, approximately 800 m inside the LoC, on September 25 and in the ensuing encounter, one terrorist was killed the next morning. His accomplice pleaded with us to spare his life. After taking due precaution, he was taken into custody,” he said.
Army and intelligence officials are now questioning the terrorist who identified himself as Ali Babar Patra, 19, from Okara district in Pakistan’s Punjab province. His accomplice was identified as Atiq ur Rehman alias Qari Anas from Attock district. “The arrested terrorist revealed that he underwent 21-day training in 2019 at Khyber camp in Muzaffarbad. Afterwards, he was sent home and recalled for important task,” Major General Vats said.
“He went for a refresher course in April and has given contact number of his mother.”
“The movement of such a large group of people cannot take place without active complicity of Pak troops. There is a Pakistani post on the other side of the LoC. It was revealed by the arrested terrorist that the group was supported from Pakistani side by three porters.”