January 2003 News

No let up in cross-border infiltration: Army Chief

15 January 2003
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India

New Delhi: Asserting there was no let up in infiltration from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army Chief General NC Vij on Wednesday ruled out any reduction of forces from the state. Instead, the Army Chief said posture of the troops on the border would be reinforced all along the Line of Control to give the new peace initiative in the state  room to consolidate. 'There is no drop in the level of infiltration. It is at the level it was last winter. It may be low due to constraints of weather, but it is continuing,' Vij said. The Army Chief said India had now put in place surveillance systems all along the Northern Command formations to make it harder for terrorists and mercenaries to cross the LoC. Speaking to newsmen after taking the salute at an impressive Army Day parade here in which for the first time the Russian acquired T-90 tanks were on display, the Chief of the Army Staff said that during the recent almost year-long deployment code named Operation Parakrama, the Army had found its newly acquired heavy equipment and force multipliers all battle worthy. On the T-9O tanks of which five armoured regiments have already been raised, the Army Chief said the Army's new main battle tank was versatile, with good mobility and firepower and would provide India a good battleground edge.


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