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Another Hill Kaka springs up in J & K

Another Hill Kaka springs up in J & K

Author: Aarti Tikoo
Publication: The Times of India
Date: July 28, 2004

The Army and BSF had claim that a Hill Kaka-type large and strong terrorist based had been detected in Janmmu and Kashmir. Hill Kaka was a terrorist control centre run by Pakistan for four years before the Army smashed it in April 2003 during its Sarp Vinashoperation, killing at least 80 terrorists.

Army and BSF sources told TOI that a big terrorist base, remote-controlled by Pakistan, had been located at Dera ki Gali, a mountainous and forest area in the upper reaches of Rajouri disatrict, about 200 km northwest of Jammu.

The sources said around 100 to 150 terrorists were operating from this base. The terrorists, they said, belonged to Jaish-e-mohammad (JM), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Harkat-ul-jehad-e-Islami (Hu.Ji.). the new terroist base at Dera ki Gali, the sources said, was as strong as Hill Kaka. The base, they said, came up only after infilration from Pakistan into Indian territory became difficult for the terrorists.

Fencing along LoC and the international border in J & K combined with the ceasefire that came into effect in November 2003 had thinned infiltration. Because of lack of ammunition and other resources, the terrorists who had already infiltrated into this side in an attempt to strengthen their network and activities, set up this base at Dera ki Gali.

The Dera ki Gali control centre was well equipped with satellite phones, arms, ammunition, literature, food and other necessary resources, the sources said Communication with their masters in Pakistan was done via different countries, they said. The base also served as a training camp for the local militants, the sources said. They suspected many terrorists operating from this base were the ones who fled Hill Kaka last year. This is the second such big base detected after Hill Kaka in Poonch. Hill Kaka at Surankote, 35 km from the line of Control (LoC), was the biggest Pakistani terrorist base and control centre detected last year by th Army. Over 10,000 troops were deployed in the largest counter-insurgency combing operation, Sarp Vinash.

For the first time in J & K's counter insurgency history, the Army had to use air-to-ground missiles and helicopters fitted with heavy gun machines to flush out terrorists from Hill Kaka.

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