The Truth Behind Why Civilians died(By Indian Army Soldier) while Army Focused on Countering Terrorists

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I feel pained at this.

Why should the civilians do this? Rushing to the incident sites to protest or let terrorists escape has taken more lives than fighting the evil!

In Kashmir, this Sunday, 21st October 2018, the road from Kulgam to nearby hospitals was buzzing with sirens of ambulance, transporting injured civilians from a gunfight site to hospitals.

By the end of the day, three militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad and seven civilians had unnecessarily lost their lives and over 43 were injured, who are now being treated at District hospital Anantnag, Kulgam and SMHS hospital in Srinagar. Incidentally, Laroo encounter took place the same night the yearly Urs of Mir Syed Simmani was scheduled.

I have served in South Kashmir in both CI Forces as a Sapper Officer leading a team of bomb diffusers and explosive experts. Civilians received pellet and splinter, of a blast at the gunfight site as they rushed into the incident site much against the SOP or diktat of local Army units.

Actually, it is ingrained in every individual, team or unit to completely sanitize the area before permitting any movement of man, animals or even vehicles there. The orders are very very strict and adhered to the last inch of land. Whenever the leftover ammunition or bomb so demands Engineer teams ensure that the last of the unexplored explosive (UXO) is destroyed and no regular movement commences unless all requisite clearances taken and area completely sanitized. This, however, takes time.

We are aware that the terrorists have been using Chinese made Grenades which hardly explode as also most of the UBGL Grenades misfire and explode suddenly if mishandled during sanitization. The terrorists also keep grenades without pins before dying under their bodies which give way if civilians start identifying bodies on their own.

Soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir. (Photo: IANS)

“All the persons who died in Laroo- other than militants had splinters of explosives and none of them carried a bullet” – Kashmir Life @21st Oct by Masood Hussain.

Sanitisation of area of operations is a prerequisite and is mandatory and civilians need to understand the same. Not undertaking this drill completely will continue to give casualties to Army and civilians alike. They need to curb this rush towards the incident site and let the Army complete the sanitization process.

These were the thoughts of an Indian soldier who has served in Kashmir.

PRESS RELEASE by the Indian Army-
LOSS OF CIVILIAN LIVES IN UNEXPLODED ORDINANCE

A cordon and search operation was launched in Laroo village in Kulgam on the night of 20 October on specific intelligence. While the search operation was on, the militants opened fire and three militants were neutralized in the ensuing gunfight.

As the forces began to evacuate the area after the encounter, hundreds of residents marched to the site yet to be sanitized and seven civilians died and many more injured when an unexplored ordinance (UXO) belonging to the militants went off on the encounter site. The civilians received pellets and splinters, of the blast as they rushed into the incident site much against the standing operating procedure of local Army units.

The Army as a drill completely sanitizes the area before permitting any movement of man, animals or even vehicles there. Whenever the leftover ammunition or bomb so demands Engineer teams ensure that the last of the UXO is destroyed and no regular movement commences unless all requisite clearances taken and area completely sanitized.
Sanitisation of area of operations is a prerequisite and is mandatory and civilians need to understand the same. Not undertaking this drill completely will continue to give casualties to Army and civilians alike. They need to curb this rush towards incident site and let Army complete the sanitization process.