Pampore attack is well into the second day and the security forces are finding it tough to dislodge the 2 terrorists holed up inside. The security forces had pressed heavy weapons into the attack today to kill the gunmen, but despite that, there is no certainty yet whether they have been neutralised. However, it is imperative for the security forces to neutralise them quickly to prevent them from getting any mileage out of this brazen attack.
The deadlock in Kashmir stems from the fact that they are inside a very large building having innumerable rooms are there for the two to hide in to dodge the bullets and the bombs that the securitymen are firing or lobbing at them. From disoriented to dead, they could be anything.
While the building is still standing, albeit smoking heavily, the securitymen are not willing to take the risk of approaching it as this may lead them to take casualties in case they are caught in the open and are fired on. In fact, on day 1, the gunmen had actually lit a fire in the building and when the securitymen approached to check out what was happening there, they started shooting, injuring one jawan in the process.
With this deadlock in place, there is no way that the encounter can be quickly ended. However, it is imperative for the Indian forces to cap the damage done by such incidents by ending it quickly. The likelihood of catching the ultras is almost zero. Even if they are injured, they may well have booby-trapped their surroundings or even themselves to wreak maximum damage. In this situation, the best possibility for the armed forces is to virtually bomb the building to dust.
With this solution, the securitymen would have achieved their object of ending the encounter fast and that too by not taking on any further casualties. This would also send a no-nonsense message to terrorists’ handlers in Pakistan and that they will be met with irresistible force, which they have no chance of even denting, let alone defeating.