Army fully prepared to foil any infiltration bid: GOC

Asserting that round-the-clock vigil is being maintained along the Indo-Pak border despite the flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior Army officer on Sunday said they were fully prepared to foil any infiltration bid from across the border.

PTI| Updated: Sep 08, 2014, 00:05 AM IST

Jammu: Asserting that round-the-clock vigil is being maintained along the Indo-Pak border despite the flood situation in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior Army officer on Sunday said they were fully prepared to foil any infiltration bid from across the border.

"Our boys are fully prepared to defeat any such design... any infiltration... If they (militants) try and they will pay for it," General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 16 Corps Lt Gen HK Singh told reporters here.

He was asked about the possibility of Pakistan trying to push militants taking advantage of the present situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

"The situation on the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) is grim too. They are also trying to grapple with the situation," he said, "they have also vacated a few posts and they are also suffering casualties, particularly in lower hills opposite to Pallanwala, Akhnoor and lower area."

The Army officer said, "We have complete surveillance and patrolling... Night vision devices are being used to keep vigil along the border. If they try (to infiltrate) and they will pay for it."

He said the Army was prepared to take on any security challenge to help citizens of the nation, be it during natural calamity or any security threat. "Army preparedness was excellent enough to take on any security challenge," he added.

Referring to the damage caused to border fencing, he said that there was no major damage to fence and "it is just a partial loss that is in mere small patches. Some ten posts have suffered minor damages".

He said jawans and officers "are well in forward posts despite some flooding that has taken place in some posts". He said two jawans have lost their lives during the rescue operations and not in any flooding of any post.

The Army has deployed a total of 184 columns (75 to 100 troopers each), besides 13 teams of Army Engineers, for the rescue operation in the flood-affected areas.