Army major killed foiling infiltration bid in J&K

Published: Wed, 09/09/2009 - 12:40 Updated: Wed, 09/09/2009 - 12:42

<p>Three militants were also killed in the encounter in Mendhar area of Poonch<br />Hardnews Bureau</p>
<p><br />An Indian army major and three militants were killed in an encounter in the Mendhar area of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. </p>
<p>The incident happened in the early hours when militants tried to cross over through the Sunegali area, 5 km from Mendhar. While sneaking into India, they opened fire on the army patrol.</p>
<p><em>Hardnews </em>learnt that militants, who were three to four in number, tried to take advantage of the darkness. The movement of the infiltrators was noticed by an army patrol after which the encounter followed. </p>
<p>Three infiltrators were killed in the encounter. But, the army lost Major Akash Singh of 5 Maratha Light Infantry. "Army successfully thwarted the infiltration bid which took place at Sunegali," said Gurdeep Singh, Brigadier General Staff (BGS), 16 Corps, Nagrota. </p>
<p>Major Akash Singh had an illustrious record and has served in the insurgency hit areas of Jammu &amp; Kashmir and the North East. He was an alumnus of Officers' Training Academy, Chennai and was commissioned in 1999. He is survived by his wife and two children.</p>
<p>The army has launched a combing operation to search for more terrorists and infiltrators. Last week, too, five militants were gunned down by the army in the Gurez area. Infiltration has considerably increased from the other side of the LoC this year. In 2008, only 45 militants could successfully crossover in 2008, there have already been more than 70 illegal entries this year, according to some reports. </p>
<p>Indian army had earlier pointed out that there has been an increase in the activity on the western border. Anti-India militant outfits have been trying to push in as much men, money and weapons on to the Indian side before snow blocks their passage.</p>

Three militants were also killed in the encounter in Mendhar area of Poonch
Hardnews Bureau

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