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Pak using special troops in Keran sector, says Army

The Army has claimed that Pakistan deployed special troops along the Line of Control in Keran sector to facilitate infiltration by terrorists. ‘From the operation that is going on till now, the strength (of infiltrators) and the multiple points they attempted (to infiltrate), we get the indication that definitely there were some special troops. This is quite different from the trend we have seen in the earlier infiltration attempts,’ said Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh, Commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corp on Wednesday.

General Singh informed that the Army has launched a major anti-infiltration operation against militants and suspected Pakistan special troops holed up in an area in Keran sector along the Line of Control in which five Indian soldiers have been injured. ‘We are in total control of the operation which was launched on 24 September. The reports of our posts being captured by the infiltrators are absurd,’ General Singh told reporters in Srinagar.

Lt Gen Singh said the operation was started on the basis of specific intelligence inputs about possible infiltration in Keran sector by militants from across the LoC. Although the army commander maintained it will be premature to say whether the Pakistan Army was involved in the infiltration attempt, he said there were definite indications that some special troops were part of it.

The General also denied that any Indian post along the Line of Control or the international border has been occupied by the Pakistani troops. ‘I have also observed some of the reports.... It seems to me that some inimical elements, subversive elements have been giving the inputs of this black propaganda,’ he said, referring to some reports which claimed that Pakistani troops had captured some Indian posts.

Five soldiers have been injured in the operation that entered the ninth day on Wednesday, Lt Gen Singh said. ‘All the injured soldiers have been hospitalised and are stable,’ he said. Lt Gen Singh refused give details of the operation, saying it could compromise the effectiveness and strategy used by the Army against the infiltrators holed up in the area. 
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