January 2005 News

Positive Effect Of LoC Fencing

15 January 2005
The Times of India

New Delhi: The multi-tiered fencing along the Line of Control, in conjunction with surveillance gadgets and vigilant troops, has brought cross- border infiltration down to negligible levels, said Army chief General N C Vij on Saturday. 'Despite continuing attempts by militants to sneak into J&K, the fence has helped to stop infiltration almost completely. This has given the nation a very big psychological advantage,' said Gen Vij, after reviewing the Army Day parade. Though there are still around 60 terrorist-training camps operating in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, the completion of the 750-km-long fence in a 'record' 12-month period was a 'very big achievement'. The Army, in fact, is so thrilled with the fence that President A P J Abdul Kalam was presented with a 'fully-fenced LoC' cake to cut at the traditional Army Day reception in the evening. The cake depicted the fencing, with snow-capped peaks.


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