Debjit Mukherjee: In a statement on Saturday evening, the army said that during a search operation in Uri, Pakistan Army fired on Indian troops. Indian army copters were also fired at. The third militant managed to escape due to ‘cover fire’.
Army chief Brigadier PMS Dhilon said three to four militants were trying to enter Uri through Hatlanga canal. At that time, the gun battle continued for about two hours. He said, “Army used several heavy weapons including rocket launchers to stop the infiltrating terrorists. At that time two militants were killed but the third one was injured. He was able to escape with the help of covering fire of Pakistan army.” Dhilon said, “It is to be noted that Pak forces provided ‘fire support’ to the injured terrorist. They also fired at us. Pakistani troops also fired at our quadcopters.”