Rampur (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], May 27 (ANI): The Indian Army on Saturday said the search operation is underway to root out remaining terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Rampur area, even as six terrorists have been gunned down so far.
Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said the BAT action was aimed against the Indian Army along the LoC. Its actions along the LoC may be not in public domain, but the Indian Army has been bearing its brunt for long.
"The BAT attack was effectively repulsed", the official said.
Indian army Tuesday claimed it had damaged some Pakistani army posts on LoC and described it as "punitive fire assaults".
The raiding members of BAT are specially instructed not be caught on the Indian side. The Kashmiri population is nearly entirely hostile to India, and so is sympathetic to the militants, and will give sanctuary, food and information to the militants, e.g. about movements of army or CRPF patrols.
The Army said that this was the second BAT attack in J&K in this month.
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On May 1, while Pakistani troops were targeting two forward posts of the Indian Army with rockets and mortar bombs, BAT attackers moved in and beheaded two security personnel - BSF Head Constable Prem Sagar and Army Subedar Paramjeet Singh.
The gunbattle ended later Saturday and soldiers recovered the bodies of two militants.
A group of eminent citizens today said the strapping of a civilian to an army jeep has brought the human rights record in Jammu and Kashmir to a new low and the efforts to legitimise the act was condemnable.
The infiltration of terrorists has increased this year and over 200 militants are waiting along the LoC for sneaking into Kashmir. In another operation, May 21, alert troops deployed in the Naugam sector eliminated four terrorists thereby foiling a major infiltration bid.
Earlier this week, Major General Ashok Narula had said that due to the increase in the region's temperature, the snow-blocked mountain passes have become easier to navigate.