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Army calls off Kathua operations

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar | September 08, 2003 17:37 IST
Last Updated: September 08, 2003 20:41 IST


The Indian Army on Monday evening called off the seven-day long operation at Ghatti area in Kathua district of Jammu.

A senior police officer told rediff.com that the seven militants hiding in the dense forests managed to escape.

The army unitswere also withdrawn.

This was the longest ever engagement between the militants and the security forces during 14 years of militancy in the state.

Villagers in the adjoining Kishenpore and Jackhole villages sighted the seven militants moving, sources said.

One policeman died and ten were wounded in the initial two days of heavy fighting.

As the firing exchanges intensified, the army was deployed and the Jammu and Kashmir Police withdrawn.

The army had even pressed helicopters into service to trace the militants.



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Sub: Its a shame

It is very shameful to read that the militants escaped army's cover.Just 7 militants had mobilised huge Indian army.It is apparent that the tactics used ...


Posted by srinivasan





Sub: Kathua militants' escape

The terain is indeed difficult, so sitting comfortably in our homes we cannot blame the people on ground. However, I hope our security forces and ...


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Sub: army operation

how did they allow them to escape?


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Sub: Strategy

I guess they should not feel too dejected that the terrorist escaped , even the US army with all its might cannot trace Osama and ...


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Sub: What a bloody disgrace !!!

If the news report is correct, then it is yet another feather in the cap of LKA and Georgie Boy ;-) Both are master strategists ...


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