1,200 Ultras Spotted In Camps Along IB, LoC

23 August 2008
The Times of India


Jammu: Armed militants, numbering around 1,200 and owing allegiance to various jihadi outfits, are camping along International Border (IB) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Line of Control (LoC), ready to enter the state, top defence sources have said. 'A large number of small and big groups of armed militants are camped along LoC, ready to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir to boost the sagging morale of local insurgents,' a top defence source said in the wake of a gunbattle to foil the latest such bid by the ultras that claimed the lives of 13 militants, a colonel and two more troops. Intelligence and ground reports say the militants numbered around 1,200 and have 18 camps or 'launchpads' for infiltration bids, mostly in Goi, Kotli, Nikial, Bindi, Samani, Dhallupar, Hijira, Sensakudiala, Bhimber and Mamana. 'There are 26 militant training camps, including 21 along LoC and four along International Border in PoK. While 19 of these camps are in Jammu, falling under 16 Corps, the rest are opposite to 15 Corps,' the source said. Intelligence reports indicate over 400 militants waiting to cross into the state with increased movements along LoC, particularly in the Rajouri-Poonch sector of Jammu and Machial, Kupwara and Gurez sectors of Kashmir. Security agencies say around 137 militants have entered Jammu and Kashmir in the first six months this year and the bids peak in summer with the melting of the snow. As many as 34 infiltration attempts were foiled in 2008, resulting in the killing of 42 terrorists.