New terror camps along LoC: Lt Gen Kapoor
25 January 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor has said that despite October 8 earthquake, new terrorists training camps have come up in certain areas on that side of the Line of Control (LoC). Talking to media persons after investiture ceremony here today, Lt Gen Kapoor said that there was no apparent change in attitude of Pakistan on cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. He said the infiltration was going on and several training camps have surfaced after earthquake and massive devastation in PoK in October last year. Referring to the militancy related situation along the Line of Control, the GOC-in-C said Pakistan's attitude has remained unchanged on the cross-border terrorism issue as infiltration continues despite the fact that majority of the terror infrastructures on other side of LoC were destroyed in the quake. New terror camps have come up on the other side as per reports, he maintained. ' Only a minor fall in terrorist infiltration was seen during a short period. Due to border fencing and alertness of our jawans along the LoC, the infiltration has been contained,' Gen Kapoor added. Responding to a question Lt Gen Kapoor said ' It is not possible to achieve zero-infiltration as terrorists enter the State via different routes. It is true that militants enter via other countries as well, including Nepal. The security forces keep a close watch over infiltration from all routes.' Regarding Hizb-ul- Mujahideen's threat to youth in the State not to take part in Army's recruitment rallies, Lt. Gen. Kapoor said ' We will definitely protect those who join the Army in Jammu and Kashmir'. Claiming that there was better security situation in Jammu and Kashmir as large number of tourists and pilgrims visited Kashmir valley and other places last year, Gen Kapoor said the credit for it goes to security forces, police and civil administration who were partners in bringing peace and development in the State. He further said that due to success in security forces' operations, militants were demoralised and were on the run. They have changed their modus operandi like causing grenade attacks and car bomb explosions in the State for the past some time. In response to yet another question, Lt Gen Kapoor said there has been three-tier security along the borders and it is not very easy to cross the borders due to fencing along LoC and many areas of International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir. However, the terrorists some times manage to cross over to this side. And after October 8 devastation, when majority of the security forces were involved in relief and rescue operations, several terrorist groups managed to sneak into this side after crossing Line of Control.