Srinagar: A Pakistani militant belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was captured alive and another killed during an anti-infiltration operation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector, the Indian Army on Tuesday said.
Three Indian soldiers sustained injuries in the anti-infiltration operation.
Major General Virender Vats, General officer commanding (GOC), 19 Infantry Division, said the operation was launched on September 18 after the Army noticed suspicious movement along the LoC.
“The four terrorists, who were on the other side, took advantage of the dense foliage and retreated back into PoK. The remaining two sneaked in,” Major General Vats told reporters at a briefing in Baramulla district.
“One of the infiltrators was killed in the encounter on the morning of 26th while another one pleaded that his life be spared. As is the ethos of the Indian Army, after taking due precautions, he was taken into custody alive,” he added, PTI reported.
The apprehended Pakistani militant has given his identity as 19-year-old Ali Babar Parra, a resident of Okara district in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
Major General Vats said he has admitted to be a member or Lashkar-e-Taiba and was trained in Muzaffarabad.
He added that the apprehended Pakistani militant has revealed that he was trained for three weeks at Khyber camp, Ghadiwala, in Muzaffarabad earlier in 2019.
Major General Vats said that he was recalled this year for some important task and was told by his handlers that he has to do drop supplies at Pattan.
But when we went through the recoveries and modus operandi, it shows that they had come here for some kind of a strike which went beyond the drop of supplies, he added.
Major General Vats said the infiltration attempt was made along the Salamabad Nala, which was the same route used for the 2016 suicide attack on the Uri garrison.
“The infiltrating column was supported by the Pakistani side with three porters bringing supplies till the LoC,” he added.
Stating the movement of such large number of people cannot take place without active complicity of the Pakistan Army deployed on the other side, Major General Vats further said there has been an increased movement at the launch pad across the LoC.
“This shows the desperation of Pakistan that when they see peace in Kashmir, they send in terrorists to disturb peace by sensational strike,” Major General Vats said.
“Seven terrorists have been neutralised in as many days while one has been nabbed alive,” he added.