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Anantnag encounter day 6: Operation Kokernag continues; forces recover charred body from hideout

The operation in Kokernag area of Anantnag continued for the sixth day on Monday with armed forces firing mortar shells to flush out the terrorists.

The search operations continued despite the inclement weather with heavy rainfall.

The forces have recovered a charred body from the cave hideout and its DNA sample is likely to be compared with the family members of Uzair Khan, commander of The Resistance Front, an affiliate of LeT. Officials suspect this group could be bigger with a few more members “who are well aware of the high-altitude jungle warfare”.

The forces claim this is the most technologically advanced operation, in which heron drones and AI-based robots are being used. Last Wednesday, two senior army officials and a J&K police officer were killed in the initial hours of the gunfight. They were identified as Colonel Manpreeet Singh, Commanding Officer of the 19 Rashtriya Rifles, Major Aashish Dhonchak from the same unit and DySP of J&K police Humayun Muzammil Bhat.

The Lieutenant Governor of J&K Manoj Sinha visited Bhat’s residence in Humhama area of Budgam. Sinha expressed condolences to the family and assured the family of all assistance and support from the UT administration. “The entire nation stands in solidarity with the family of our braveheart,” said Sinha.

“The UT administration is determined to create a fear-free, terrorism-free, corruption-free and future-oriented Jammu and Kashmir. We salute our soldiers and police personnel who laid down their lives in combating terrorism. I assure the people that we will make J&K terror-free. This is our resolve,” said Sinha. The LG said the conflict profiteers who kept the people of J&K away from mainstream development are those who built their houses in foreign countries and sent their children abroad for studies.”We have been successful in breaking the backbone of the ecosystem of conflict profiteers and will strike the last nail in the coffin of these subversive forces,” said Sinha.

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