Sep, 19 , 2023 CNI News Srinagar: Security forces continued their seven-day siege through the dense Gadole forest in the Anantnag district of Kashmir Valley on Tuesday. This anti-terrorism operation is one of the longest in Jammu and Kashmir and has led to in the loss of three officers and a soldier.
On Monday, two bodies were discovered in the nearby forest. One of them was Pradeep, the soldier who was killed by militants last Wednesday.
Officials stated that the identity of the other has not yet been determined.
For the past four days, police officials have remained silent about the operation. They think there are two or three terrorists trapped in the forest.
The operation began on Wednesday when militants killed Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police Humayun Bhat, Major Ashish Dhonchak and Colonel Manpreet Singh, commanding officer of the 19 Rashtriya Rifles.
Prior to the operation, officials stated that drone footage had revealed a burned body close to one of the militant hideouts that had been destroyed.The dense forest area with multiple cave-like hideouts, where militants are thought to have been hiding out since Wednesday, is being surveyed by security forces using drones and helicopters.
To prevent the militants from infiltrating civilian neighbourhoods, the security cordon was expanded to include the nearby Posh Kreeri region on Sunday.At a late-night event on Sunday, Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha declared that the militant handlers would pay a high price and that every drop of the slain security personnel’s blood would be avenged.
“We have complete faith in our soldiers…. The entire nation stands in solidarity with the jawans,” Sinha said.
The operation has been closely monitored by top security authorities in Kashmir, including the director general of police (DGP) and the general officer commanding (GOC) of the Army’s 15 Corps.