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‘No intrusion in Keran, operations have concluded’

Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Tuesday said the ‘desperate infiltration bid’ by terrorists in Keran sector in Jammu and Kashmir has been foiled. Speaking to reporters, after attending the 81st Air Force Day, Gen Singh said: ‘This is not an intrusion, it is a desperate bid for infiltration.’

General Officer Commanding, Northern Command, Lt General Sanjiv Chachra also said in Srinagar that the operation against the militants in Shalbhati village has come to an end. He said infiltration bids will continue till the winter sets in.

Meanwhile at Hindon, the army chief said, ‘These terrorists were in a nullah (drain). What advantage would they get by sitting in a nullah. Seven of them have been killed.’ Gen Singh was asked if the situation was ‘very bad’ in Keran sector, where the encounter had been going on between Indian Army and terrorists backed by suspected Pakistani special forces for the last 15 days.

‘If this was intrusion, the adversary would go and occupy dominating ground which is defensible. In this case, they were sitting in a nallah. Which adversary is going to dominate an area by sitting in the nallah?’ he asked.

He said: ‘Some of these guys (terrorists) perhaps pulled out from there and tried to infiltrate from the adjoining areas and that is where seven were taken on,’ he said. The Army chief said he would take stock of the situation after returning to Delhi. When asked if he would visit the area where the operations were on, he said: ‘Please hold your horses and let the Army Commander comment on it. I have to take stock of the situation myself.’
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