Machil gunfight fully backed by Pak Army, alleges BSF

The Border Security Force on Tuesday said the encounter in Machil area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district was “actually a Border Action Team attack fully backed by the Pakistan army.
Machil gunfight fully backed by Pak Army, alleges BSF
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The Border Security Force on Tuesday said the encounter in Machil area of north Kashmir's Kupwara district was "actually a Border Action Team attack fully backed by the Pakistan army."

Additional Director General of BSF Arun Kumar said the main aim of the attackers was to inflict damage on a BSF post located on the Forward Line at the Line of Control.

Talking to reporters at wreath-laying ceremony of three slain BSF men here, Kumar alleged that the Machil encounter was "fully backed by the Pakistan army that gave undercover fire to the infiltrators to sneak in and cause damage on our post located at the FDL."

"We lost three of our men while some also sustained injuries in the attack. We managed to kill one militant and perhaps there have been more causalities on their side. The body of the militant we recovered was lying on our side," he said.

Three BSF men and a militant were killed in the encounter yesterday, army had said.

Kumar said since there was a heavy exchange of fire from both sides, "it is possible that more causalities would have been on their side."

"We had inputs of about six to seven infiltrators armed with AK-47 and grenades," he said. He said the gunfight started in the wee hours. "Our Company Commander rushed to the spot and got engaged in the encounter," he said.

He said prima-facie reports suggest that the infiltrators wanted to "cause heavy damage on BSF men guarding the LOC post." "I would say the current month is the season of infiltration. Our intelligence inputs are worrisome as there are reports of desperation on the other side to sneak into this side. The present situation in Kashmir may be one of the reasons for pushing in more militants," Kumar alleged.

Asked if the J&K government has sent any requisition for BSF to help it deal with the ongoing unrest in the Kashmir, the ADG BSF said: "We haven't received any requisition so far."

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