Is infiltration in J&K on rise after AFSPA move?
Jammu/Srinagar: Intelligence inputs
received by various Army formations in Jammu and Kashmir
appear to suggest that infiltration is on the rise after the
state government`s move for a partial withdrawal of AFSPA.
Army officers have suggested during routine meetings
that infiltration is taking place from almost every side of
the Line of Control (LoC) following the ASPA move, which has
been backed by the Union Home Ministry, according to officials
of the state and Centre who attended these meetings.
Sources privy to meetings including of State Multi
Agency Centre (SMAC) -- a fora where representatives of all
intelligence agencies meet to assess the situation, Core
group, Unified Headquarters said the Army representatives are
providing inputs suggesting that infiltration had taken place
from throughout the LoC.
Army earlier never accepted any successful infiltration
bid, the sources said, adding there appear to be change in its
stand by indicating that a large number of infiltrators have
of late sneaked into the state.
The sources said that physical checks were even carried
out to verify number of terrorists that could have infiltrated
but they did not match the evidence provided by Army
A senior state government official said infiltration
from across the LoC was an ongoing phenomenon even during
summer of 2011 but Army officials appeared to be reluctant to
accept this situation and were maintaining "zero infiltration"
all along till August.
The state government`s move for partial lifting of AFSPA
is being opposed by the Army which has made its views known
at the meetings, the officials attending the meetings said.
In May, following evidence produced by state police and
central agencies giving proof about the entry of terrorists
from various areas of North Kashmir the Army reportedly
acknowledged that 40 militants have crossed into the state.
Army, however, in June this year came out with an
official release saying that reports about infiltration were
It has also suggested that terrorists may try and
infiltrate into the state during the winter.
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