ARMY HAS NOT DILUTED ITS COUNTER TERRORIST OPERATIONS DUE TO FLOOD RELIEF OPERATIONS

Soldiers of "Ghatak" patrol during a Combat and Search Operation (CASO) in the forests of Manabhum
While the Army has been the first responders to the disaster situation in the Kashmir valley and has undertaken one of its largest relief and rescue operations to rescue the people stranded in various parts of the State and provided succor, it has also ensured that the counter terrorist operations are not diluted and the State remains peaceful and secure, PRO (Def) Jammu, Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

In a joint operation launched by 21 RR and JK Police in Laribal village, approximately 7 kms West of Handwara, one foreign terrorist was neutralized and a large quantity of arms and ammunition recovered from him. Umar Bhatti, a Laskar e Toiba terrorist from Pakistan was shot down by the alert troops of 21 RR at 0630h on 09 Sep 2014. One AK 47 rifle, two magazines, 30 rounds of ammunition, one grenade, One Ground Positioning System (GPS) and one matrix sheet was recovered from his possession.

In addition to coping with the flood situation themselves and undertaking relief and rescue operations from Srinagar to the remotest corners of the State, the military operations to prevent the terrorists taking advantage of the situation are also underway. The Army is committed to providing aid and assistance to the people of the State in a safe and secure environment.