Taking steps to thwart infiltration in Jammu: Army

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 12:51

Jammu: Faced with increasing attempts of
infiltration by militants from across the border in Jammu
division, the Army Wednesday said it was taking all possible steps
to foil such intrusion bids.

"There has been an increase in infiltration bids from
across the border by terrorist groups during the past several
months and most of them have been foiled by our alert troops,"
General Officer Commanding, 16 Corps and Security Advisor Lt
Gen Rameshwar Roy told reporters at Nagrota, 12 kms from here.

"We will utilise all our resources to thwart these
intrusion bids into our territory," said Lt Gen Roy, who was
talking to media after interacting with `Ace of Space Riders`,
who are on a cycle expedition from Poonch to New Delhi.

Admitting that some groups manage to infiltrate due to
the existing topographical condition in the division, Gen Roy
said, "We have to put more vigil to ensure that infiltration
does not take place."

Lt Gen Roy, who reviewed the security situation at a core
group meeting here yesterday, said 227 terrorists have been
eliminated during foiling of infiltration bids and encounters
by security forces in the division in the last three years.

In reply to a question about the number of militants of
different outfits operating in the division, Lt Gen Roy said
that it is difficult to establish their exact figure but it
could be somewhere between 450 and 500.

There has been a shift in the strategy of militants due
to lack of support from local populace in the hinterland, he
said adding they are not getting hideouts in populated areas
and thus taking shelter in forests.

Intra-organisational rivalries, mostly between Lashkar-e-
Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, has also created problems for
them in carrying their activities in the division, he said.

About involvement of women in militancy, he said, "We do
not have any confirmation about them being active in terrorism
but some of them may be working as overground workers."

On the impact of disturbances in the Kashmir Valley in
his area of operation, the GOC said it had very little effect
on this side of the Pir Panchal -- which divides the Valley
and the Jammu division. The protests in the valley have
disrupted the economy and tourism, which otherwise was at peak
during 2008, 2009 and first half of 2010, he said.

On removal of bunkers in some parts of Srinagar, Lt Gen
Roy said that the Army operates when a security situation is
caused by terrorists who have to be eliminated, but public
agitations and protests have a different tone and texture and
"we cannot operate in the same way with the protestors".

It is for the government to see whether the bunkers are
required or should be removed, he said.

To a question on Pakistan`s strategy to continue
disturbances in Jammu and Kashmir in one or the other form, he
said, "We have our own mechanism and are fully equipped to
deal with anyone."

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 12:51

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