Jawan injured in Pak firing, truce violation in J-K on R-day

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 21:47

Jammu: One jawan was injured when Pakistani
troops violated the border truce by resorting to unprovoked
firing for several hours as BSF personnel foiled two
infiltration bids in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

The latest ceasefire violation came even as the country
was celebrating the Republic Day. There were 16 infiltration
bids and six truce violations along the Indo-Pak border in
this month.

A large group of militants taking benefit of thick fog
intruded into Indian territory in Alfa Machail border out post
(BOP) in Kanachak sub-sector, 25 kms from here, at around 0200
hours, a senior BSF officer said.

However, alert BSF patrol parties picked up the movement
of the militants and challenged them, after which the ultras
opened fire resulting to fierce exchanges, he said.

The Pakistani troops also opened firing apparently to
give cover to the infiltrating militants, but BSF troops
foiled their plan and the militants fled back, he said.

There was heavy firing from the Pakistan side at around
0615 hours in the same area and BSF troops took positions and
fired back, he said adding that one jawan Head Constable P
Thomas was injured in the firing and hospitalised.

The authorities put the Army on alert to assist BSF as
there was heavy exchange of fire.

"The exchanges continued for several hours and came to a
halt at around 1200 hours," he said adding massive search and
fence-checking operations are on.

The troops beat back two infiltration bids by militants
in the same area, the official said adding that BSF troops
traded firing with another group of militants in Tent-Beli
Azmath forward area along international border in Kanachak
sub-sector early today and foiled another intrusion bid.

The exchange of firing continued for nearly one and a
half hours in the area before militants escaped to Pakistani
territory taking cover of the thick fog, he said.

"There was firing at around 2 a.m. in the morning and
it continued for a few hours," Director General of Police
(DGP) Kuldeep Khoda said.

"The intensity was initially huge and later died down a
bit. We are watching the situation. Our forces are there and
things are well under control right now," he said.

Senior BSF, Army and police officers visited the border
to assess the situation.

Pakistani troops had also violated the ceasefire last
night by firing three mortar shells, which exploded some
distance away from an FDL in Poonch district.

Information from various security agencies involved in
security grid in the state has put figure of infiltration
attempts at 433 in 2009, which is 91 more than 2008.

As per the police figures, 342 infiltration attempts
were made from across the border in 2008, while 2007 and 2006
reported 535 and 573 such attempts along LoC and IB in Jammu
and Kashmir, where over 100 militants managed to sneak in.

Khoda said that measures have been taken by security
forces to foil such bids but it is an area of concern at a
time when violence has gone down in Jammu and Kashmir.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, while talking about
recent infiltration attempts in Jammu and Kashmir, yesterday
said, "It seems that in the new year they have stepped up
their level of infiltration. We have had at least half-a-dozen
incidents of infiltration."

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 21:47

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