Mobile phone and internet services were suspended in the border town of Uri in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district, where a counter-infiltration operation has been going on for the last 24 hours.
The security forces launched the operation after an infiltration attempt by a heavily-armed group of terrorists. “Reinforcements have been called in and a large area has been brought under the operation,” reports said quoting defence sources.
Earlier in the day, while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Srinagar, Lt Gen D.P. Panday, the General Officer Commanding of the 15 Corps, said that an operation has been going on after “we felt that there is an infiltration attempt which has been made”.
“We are looking for them...are they on this side or have gone back after making an attempt, that issue has not yet been clarified or verified on the ground,'' he said, adding that the force was alert to foil any infiltration attempt.
“I can assure you that we are quite alert. Our troops on the ground are totally alert and we will ensure that minimal infiltration takes place whenever they attempt,” he said.
The officer said though there have been some infiltration attempts this year, they have not been supported by ceasefire violations.
“There have been some attempts. Unlike previous years, these have not been adequately supported (by ceasefire violations). There have hardly been any successful attempts, only about two attempts have succeeded. One was neutralised in Bandipora and we are looking for the second one,” he said.
With PTI inputs