BSF asks Rangers to check militant movement near their posts on IB23 January 2010
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Even as security forces and police continued massive searches in RS Pura sector and parts of Jammu after yesterday’s breach in border fencing by the infiltrators, the militants made another intrusion bid this afternoon from Khawara Post in Regal area of Samba sector but the attempt was foiled by the BSF. The BSF held another flag meeting in Hiranagar sector, second in last two days, today in which they asked Rangers to check heavy movement of militants around their posts and forward areas. Yesterday, the BSF had forced Rangers to stop construction activity opposite Pansar post in Hiranagar which was being raised to shelter militants. Following alarming inputs, Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda chaired a high level meeting of top brass of all security and Intelligence agencies including BSF, CRPF, police, CID, Railways etc this evening and called for an extra ordinary vigil on the border and interior areas ahead of Republic Day. Official sources said the jawans of BSF’s 182 battalion observed movement of the militants close to border fencing opposite Khawara Post in Regal area of Samba sector at 4.30 pm today. The BSF jawans immediately opened firing to neutralise the militants. The intruders, numbering three to five, managed to hide themselves behind ‘sarkanda’ for half an hour with a view to make another attempt to intrude. However, the infiltrators later retrieved to Pakistan finding no chance to sneak into this side. The BSF would hold a flag meeting with the Rangers tomorrow to lodge a protest over infiltration attempt. According to sources, the similar infiltration route was used by the militants to sneak into this side on May 10, 2008. The militants had the next day entered Samba town and struck there killing three civilians and three Army personnel before being eliminated by the troops. Sources said Pakistan Rangers appeared to have tried to push the ultras using a route from where the intruders had successfully entered into Indian side hoping a repeat of May 2008 but their attempt was foiled. The BSF held a flag meeting with Rangers at Chalairi post on the International Border (IB) in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district this afternoon. The meeting was attended by 4 BSF Commandant Davinder Kumar, 182 BSF Commandant B S Rawat and 59 BSF CO O P Upadhyaya besides Abdul Salam of 3 Chenab Rangers. Sources said the BSF took strong exception to open movement of militants near the posts of Rangers opposite Hiranagar sector. The BSF officials wanted Rangers to check movement of the ultras as they could try to infiltrate into Indian side. The BSF also told their Pakistani counterparts that even some civilians were found moving close to the IB and this could well be a part of their strategy to mix militants with civilians and then try infiltration into this side. The Rangers, as usual, denied movement of militants close to their posts but said they would check movement of civilians on the border. Only yesterday, the BSF had called Rangers for a flag meeting at Pansar in Hiranagar sector and asked them to immediately stop construction within 60 meters of the IB which could be used to shelter militants. Pakistan has stopped construction following BSF’s objections. In RS Pura sector, security forces and police remained on a high alert following yesterday’s intrusion bid by the militants from forward area of Abdullian. Para-military CRPF, police and Village Defence Committees (VDCs) continued searches in all forward areas and villages in RS Pura sector to ensure that if the militants had succeeded in penetrating into this side they are captured. No untoward movement has, however, been noticed in any forward area of Abdullian or adjoining areas after yesterday’s cut in fencing. SDPO RS Pura H S Gill was leading police and VDC teams in the searches in forward areas. Police have stepped-up vigil on all routes leading to Jammu City from RS Pura and was maintaining a high alert in the City and outskirts after the fencing was found cut. Meanwhile, DGP Kuldeep Khoda held a high level review meeting at the Police Control Room (PCR) here this evening which was attended by top brass of BSF, CRPF, Police, CID and other security agencies ahead of Republic Day and repeated infiltration attempts by the militants from both IB and LoC. The DGP said there were alarming inputs on the use of new techniques by the militants and security agencies would have to maintain extra vigilance against a terror strike, sources said. The meeting reviewed specific Intelligence inputs which revealed that the militants were desperate to cause terror attack in Jammu ahead of Republic Day. The ultras were being pressed by their mentors from across the border to carry out the strike, sources said. IG BSF A K Surolia, IGP Jammu Ashok Gupta, IG Armed Dilbagh Singh, IG CRPF and IGPs of all major departments including Security and Railways besides DIG Jammu Farooq Khan, SSP PCR J L Sharma, SSP Jammu Basant Rath and Zonal officers among others attended the meeting. Sources said the meeting discussed in detail the vulnerable areas which the militants could target. He called for a very high alert to neutralise threat of the militants. However, he assured the people that police was fully prepared to meet with any situation along with other security agencies. Police will ensure that the terror threat is neutralised before being materialised.