SRINAGAR - Indian Army is stunned with the revelation that 2 Kashmiri fighters fought the troops for 30 hours without any food or medicine. In what security officers find odd in a militant attack launched against security forces have not recovered any food item or medicines from the bodies of the two militants who were killed in Srinagar on Tuesday after a 30-hour gunbattle with security forces.
“We have recovered two AK-47 rifles and eight magazines. As per initial information, no food item or medicines have been recovered,” CRPF I-G (Srinagar) Ravideep Sahi said. Occupied Jammu and Kashmir Police has said that both are Lashkar operatives.
The encounter had begun early Monday morning after the two made a failed attempt to attack a CRPF camp. “Food and medicines not being found on them is odd as militants generally carry them for long-haul fighting where they are looking to take hostages, or get holed up.
However, this is not the first case in which a militant has not been found with food and medicines,” a security establishment officer said.
CRPF sources said it took a long time to kill the militants, even though they were holed up in an under-construction building. “We were not in a position to fire very large-area weapons to bring down the building, as we would have jeopardised other buildings in the area,” a senior CRPF officer said.
“Besides, to engage them one had to come out within a 30-metre distance without any cover. This delayed the operations,” the officer added. The officer said that enough grenades and shoulder-fired rockets were used “to smoke them out”.
CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar said, “Most importantly, we prevented a much bigger incident by preventing them from entering our camp and limiting their movement in a building.” After that, he said, it was only a “matter of time” before they were killed.