Srinagar: Security forces killed “key launch commander” Bashir Ahmad Malik in an anti-infiltration operation in the Uri sector, the army said on Thursday.
Malik and another militant were killed Wednesday in a joint operation, codenamed Op Kali, by the army and Jammu and Kashmir Police along the Line of Control.
“The salient aspect of this operation is the neutralization of Bashir Ahmed Malik, one of the two militants killed. He was an important cog in the Pakistan-enabled crossborder terrorism Jammu and Kashmir. He was an important militant launch commander for militant tanzeems (organisations) from Leepa in the North to the areas in PoJ&K, opposite Rajouri in the South,” an army official said.
The official said Malik, who was active for the past 30 years, had enabled infiltration of a number of militants who caused the death of many Indian citizens, both security forces personnel as well as civilians.
“His neutralisation is a major blow dealt by us to the militant infrastructure across the line of control and its sympathisers and supporters,” the official said.
Repeated infiltration attempts through the same area in the Uri sector of Baramulla district was a display of desperation by the adversary to push more militants into the Kashmir valley to spoil the prevailing peace and tranquility, he said.
“We have a robust line of control security grid and we are on a high vigil. The Indian Army is well prepared to defeat any such infiltrations attempts and we will not let the enemy succeed with his devious designs,” he added.
The joint operation was launched in the early hours of 15 November on specific intelligence from “own sources and SB, Srinagar, with respect to the likelihood of infiltration of militants across Line of Control in Uri sector”, the officials said.
It was the second infiltration bid in the area with the last few days. The first bid was also thwarted.
“Based on the intelligence own counter intelligence and surveillance grids in this area was strengthened and own ambush were deployed,” the official said.
He said the weather during the operation was inclement and the area of this operation was treacherous in terms of terrain.
“This operation has resulted in neutralisation of two militants, whose mortal remains have been recovered. However, there may be more terrorist casualties who could be on the other side of the Line of Control. We did not cross the Line of Control.
“The other recoveries included war-like stores encompassing two AK series rifles, two pistols, four Chinese hand grenades, ammunition along with medicines, eatables, Rupees 2630 in Pakistan currency and Pakistan National identity Card,” the official added.