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Hand-to-hand fight on LoC after Pakistan pushes in terrorists

Five soldiers of the 4 Parachute Regiment –– they belong to the Special Forces which have in the past carried out cross-border surgical strikes –– neutralised the entire batch before succumbing to injuries in the close-quarter battle that took place on Saturday.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Apr 07, 2020, 06.33 PM IST
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Watch: Amid Covid-19 pandemic, how heavily armed Pak sponsored terrorists neutralised by Indian Army near LoC
Watch: Amid Covid-19 pandemic, how heavily armed Pak sponsored terrorists neutralised by Indian Army near LoC
NEW DELHI: As the world fights the Covid-19 threat, one of the most intense hand-to-hand firefights took place along the Line of Control (LoC), as heavily armed terrorists from Pakistan were intercepted by elite special forces at point blank range amid heavy snow in the Keran sector in Kashmir.

Five soldiers of the 4 Parachute Regiment –– they belong to the Special Forces which have in the past carried out cross-border surgical strikes –– neutralised the entire batch before succumbing to injuries in the close-quarter battle that took place on Saturday.

Details about the operation, in which five terrorists were killed, have started trickling in even as injured soldiers were brought to a military hospital, but could not be saved. The special forces troopers, who had been air dropped near the LoC after information on the infiltrators was received, were found just six feet away from the terrorists, who they eliminated in an intense battle when the search party found them.

Sources said that the battleground bore the signs of a close-quarter battle, with one of the soldiers found right next to the body of a terrorist he had eliminated. Two soldiers, who were airlifted to a nearby military hospital, died, while three died at the battle zone.

The operation started after an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle picked up images of an infiltration attempt in the Keran sector. The special forces were moved on Saturday to intercept them as heavy snow and the harsh winter had restricted forward deployment of regular army units located in the area.

Two squads of the elite unit were deployed to locate and take down the infiltrators but the operation was carried out under heavy snow that hampered visibility. Sources said that the squad, led by Subedar Sanjeev Kumar, spotted the terrorists’ footprints in the snow and followed the trail.

At one point, the snow under their feet gave way and three of the squad members stumbled into a nallah (frozen mountain stream) and landed right on top of the terrorists who had been hiding there. In the ensuing battle at point blank range, where the terrorists had an advantage as they had been waiting, the squad managed to put up a fight to death.

Seeing their comrades under heavy fire, the two soldiers who had managed to evade the collapsing snow also rushed to the battle zone and, together, they managed to take down the entire batch of five infiltrating terrorists.

“The soldiers and the terrorists were found barely a few feet away from each other when the other squad reached the position. The para soldiers put up a strong fight even after stumbling down and the squad members rushed in to help,” sources told ET.

Another source added that such hand-to-hand fighting involving five soldiers is highly unusual as most encounters take place from a distance.

Other members of the squad who paid the ultimate sacrifice are Havildar Davendra Singh and Paratroopers Bal Krishan, Amit Kumar and Chhatrapal Singh.
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