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No infiltration in Jammu region this year:Army official

Last Updated: Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 18:25

Jammu: The Army has not allowed any cross-border infiltration in Jammu region this year despite an increase in the number of attempts along the Indo-Pak border as compared to the previous year, a senior official has said.

"In Jammu region, estimates by various security agencies reveal that no militant crossed over to J&K from across Line of Control," General Officer Commanding (GoC), 16 Corps, Lt Gen DS Hooda said, observing it the reason behind increasing attempts to push in the militants.

Speaking during an Army function, he said infiltration attempts being made from across the border have "slightly" increased as compared to last year.

"Militant leadership has been eliminated. For past 3-4 years, there is a decrease in the number of the militants in the state," he said.

Regarding ceasefire violations and firing in Poonch sector, he said Krishnagati and Nagantikri forward belts have been traditionally known areas of infiltration due to their "mountainous and forested" terrain.

The aim of the infiltrators is to divert attention of the Armed forces on the borderline (in view of the firing from across), so that the infiltration of militants is staged in other areas, he said.

"But the troops are ready. There has been no such incident in which anybody has managed crossing into this side," he asserted.

Regarding the militancy situation in the in-depth areas and presence of number of militants in J&K, he said it is "difficult to make estimates" as there are "different figures (of various security agencies)".

"Most of activities (of militants) in Jammu region take place in Kishtwar, Gool and some in-depth areas of Rajouri. But that is limited. They too have not done any such act of attacking security forces or civilians", the officer said.


First Published: Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 18:25
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