Govt to issue ID-cards in border areas of J&K to curb infiltration
30 January 2002
The Indian Express
Jammu: In a bid to curb infiltration, the Jammu and Kashmir police has decided to issue identity cards to villagers living within 10 km of the border belt of Jammu and Ladakh regions in the state, a senior police official said. About 3.5 lakh I-cards would be issued to the villagers residing in 10-km border area along International Border (IB) and five km area along Line of Control (LoC) from Kathua to Akhnoor and in Leh district, Chowdhary Masood, IGP (crime and railways) said. Chowdhary said the cards, which will be tamper-proof and cannot be replicated, will have a code number at its top and carry a photograph of the holder and particulars of the village he resides in. Only the District Superintendent of Police or his Deputy would issue the cards after proper verification by police authorities with the help of local panches and sarpanches. The cards, to be issued shortly, will help the villagers to make unhindered movements across villages located along IB and LoC, besides helping the security agencies to identify people of doubtful credentials in their respective areas, he said. Earlier, such cards have been issued to people living with in five-km of the border belt along LoC.