Terror Grips Border Areas After Truce Violations

Terror Grips Border Areas After Truce Violations

12 January 2010
Outlook India
Anil Bhat & Alfa Machaial

Jammu: Fearing an abrupt end to the 6-year-old ceasefire due to mounting tension in view of increase in the infiltration bids along the Indo-Pak border, fear has gripped people living along the area who are now demanding night security cover for the hamlets dotting the border. 'The rattle of AK-rifles amid sporadic blasts has sent a wave of fear and terror among us. We cannot sleep during the the night,' Kukrenwala area villager Devi Chand told PTI. Like Chand, another resident Shamsher Singh said 'we are in the midst of fear because of terror strikes on the borderline. We apprehend that Indo-Pak border ceasefire would break and militants would infiltrate taking benefit of fog'. Similarly, Garkhail residents living close to the International border (IB) in Jammu sector too tell the same story of fear and terror gripping them in view of the increase in the infiltration attempts. There have been five infiltration bids and ceasefire violations along Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir in past one week resulting in mounting tension and fear among the border residents. The fear of villagers is not unfounded as pillars 621 and 627 near Alfa Machail post in Akhnoor belt and the border fencing were blown up in twin IED blast by militants. Villagers of Kukrenwala, Garkhal, Pargwal, Chinore farm, Abdullian, Suchetgarh, Jabowal, Korotana located close to IB in Jammu sector do not want the ceasefire to end and wish that border truce continues. 'Once border truce ends, there would be daily firing from Pakistani troops which will also ruin the agriculture,' he said. The security forces on the other hand are assuring the civilians of fool proof security. BSF IG, Jammu Frontier, A K Sarolia told PTI that 'we have ensured safety and security of the border people and have foiled all infiltrations bids and did not allow them to come to this side'. Troops of BSF guarding the borderline are put on high alert, have dominated the vital places and are engaged in round the clock night patrolling along the border, he said. Confirming surge in infiltration, J-K DGP Kuldeep Khuda told PTI that measures have been taken by security forces to foil these bids and it is an area of concern at a time when violence has gone down in J-K. Referring to cross-border infiltration General Officer Commanding (GoC), 16 Corps, Lt Gen Rameshwar Roy had told reporters last week that there has been increase in infiltration attempts but their crossing into J-K across LoC has not been on increase.


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