Srinagar, Dec 4: The Indian army is conducting one of its longest search operations in Kashmir. A massive manhunt for 3 militants was launched and is on for the past 25 days.
There is information that three militants have sneaked into the Haihama area in North Kashmir and could be taking shelter in the forests nearby.
The intelligence had suggested that a group of militants had come into Kashmir in the first week of November and it was the same group that engaged in an encounter which killed Commanding Officer, 41 Rashtriya Rifles, Santosh Mahadik on November 17.
This is probably one of the largest hunts by the army in recent times. There are nearly 600 personnel working on this operation. It was a group of five that had infiltrated into this area in the first week of November. The army had killed one of them while the other had fallen to his death from a mountain during the encounter.
Currently there are three militants holed up and the army is confident of flushing them out soon. Army personnel say that they do suspect that these militants are being provided with local support and hence the search has become harder.
However, the moment combing operations in the villages commenced, the militants slipped into the forests. Now the search is focused only in the forest area which are very dense. The army says that its personnel are confident of hunting down these militants.
The intelligence being shared with the army would clearly suggest that all the three militants are still in Kashmir and no attempt has been made by them to slip out. None of these militants are of Indian origin. It is clear that they are all from Pakistan and had infiltrated with an intention of engaging the Indian army in a gun fight.