Anantnag Operation: The ongoing encounter with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district has now extended into its fifth day as of Sunday, September 17.
The search for two concealed militants in the Kokernag area continues relentlessly. Security forces have established a strict cordon around the entire region, closely monitoring the movements of these two terrorists who are still at large and have not been neutralized.
Approximately 110 hours have elapsed since the commencement of Operation in South Kashmir.
During the security operation, a confirmed three terrorists have been eliminated. However, reports indicate that there are two additional terrorists who are currently holed up in the mountainous terrain of Gadole forests in the Kokernag area of Anantnag.
Sources reveal that their movements have been detected through drone surveillance, and it remains uncertain whether these two individuals are unharmed or injured.
Security forces have closely monitored their activities using drone technology and have made efforts to pinpoint their location.
In the midst of this operation, the bodies of three terrorists have been identified and located. Security forces have successfully re-established contact and the Jammu and Kashmir Police are diligently investigating the overground worker (OGW) network associated with the trapped terrorists within the cave.
These militants are currently taking refuge in a cave that stretches approximately 10-15 feet in the rugged terrain of Gadole forests.
After the unfortunate loss of three senior officers and one soldier on the first day of the operation, efforts were made with unwavering strength and careful tactics to minimize further losses.
To effectively manage the challenging terrain, drones and helicopters were deployed to maintain constant surveillance over the hilly landscape and accurately pinpoint the terrorists' locations within the forested region of Gadole in the Kokernag area of South Kashmir.
In addition to surveillance, security forces employed mortar shells to target the forested areas, as there were numerous cave-like hideouts in the vicinity.
Drone technology played a crucial role in identifying these hideouts, enabling precise attacks on them. Remarkably, drone footage captured one militant attempting to seek cover after one such hideout was struck by shells fired by security forces on Friday.
Due to the ongoing operation, schools in the Gadole Kokernag area have remained closed for the fifth consecutive day. Additionally, as a precautionary measure, local residents residing near the operational zone have been evacuated.
Security forces have effectively secured the high ground within the Gadole forest and have established a formidable cordon around the area to prevent the escape of any terrorists.