Infiltrators blast fencing but fail to intrude in RS Pura13 May 2010
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Trying to push militants on the pattern of Bamial sector in Punjab's Gurdaspur district on April 19 morning, the ultras blasted fencing wire with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on the International Border (IB) in forward village of Abdullian in RS Pura sector late last night. Eight wires of fencing including cobra wire, which carried electricity current, were damaged in IED blast and Pakistan firing but this too didn't help the militants to infiltrate into this side as alert BSF jawans brought down affective retaliatory firing forcing the ultras to retrieve. This is for the second time when the infiltrators had managed to breach border fencing in Abdullian sector this year but couldn't enter into this side. In January also, the militants had blasted fencing at almost the same spot in a bid to intrude into Indian side but failed. Official sources told the Excelsior that a group of four to five infiltrators with active backing of Pakistan Rangers planted an IED near the re-aligned fencing, where construction work was still going on, and blasted it around the mid-night causing damage to cobra wire and eight other wires of fencing between Pillar Nos. 852 and 853. The fencing was damaged. However, the main fencing which was several meters behind was fully in tact which was a clear indication that the militants hadn't been able to sneak into this side. Re-alignment of fencing is being carried out some distance ahead of the old fencing. Jawans of BSF's 135 battalion retaliated affectively till mid-night last night to neutralize the militants, whose number was stated to be between four and five. Movement of the militants was first observed by the BSF jawans on their sophisticated cameras at 10.50 pm. Sources said after initial attempt in which they failed to reach close to border fencing, the militants made second attempt in the mid-night to infiltrate during which they blasted fencing with IED. However, their second attempt was also thwarted by the BSF with targeted firing. According to sources, Pakistan Rangers used mortar, UMG, LMG, sniper and AK rifles firing to target BSF posts in a determined bid to give a cover to sneaking ultras. Firing continued till 2 am after which the militants were reported to have retrieved. Senior officers of BSF visited the spot in early hours of the morning to review the situation. A massive search operation was conducted by the BSF jawans in entire Abdullian and surrounding forward areas but there was no ground to believe that the militants have infiltrated into this side despite cutting the border fencing. Police officials including SP Headquarters Jatinder Singh Johar and SDPO RS Pura HS Gill also rushed to the spot this morning. Police and Village Defence Committees (VDCs) launched searches in the internal areas. Searches continued till late this evening. Sources believed that a couple of intruders were seriously injured in the firing after which they escaped to Rudki and Rasool launching pads of the militants opposite Abdullian post of RS Pura sector from where they had been launched by the Rangers for infiltration into this side. Intelligene inputs revealed that there was heavy concentration of militants in launching pads like Rudki and Rasool opposite Abdullian besides nearly six other places opposite Budhwar, Jabowal and Aik nullah. The possibility was that the militants could make more attempts to intrude into this side with the backing of Rangers. The BSF jawans were already maintaining a high alert along the International Border to thwart the intrusion bids. A flag meeting was also held this morning between BSF and Rangers in Abdullian in which the BSF officials lodged a strong protest over attempts by the Rangers to facilitate infiltration of militants into this side. However, the Rangers, as usual, refused their involvement in intrusion bid. The flag meeting lasted few minutes, sources said. It may be mentioned that the Rangers had succeeded in blasting fencing in 400 meters area of Bamial sector in Gurdaspur district of Punjab on April 19 leading to infiltration by five militants, two of whom had reached Chabe Chak nursery in Rajbagh area of Kathua district. The militants were finally eliminated by Punjab Police on April 25 morning at Rattarwaha, bordering Kathua, in Gurdaspur district. The militants had in January this year blasted fencing in RS Pura, Kanachak and Domana sectors with IEDs and firing taking cover of thick fog but their plot to infiltrate was foiled with timely action by the BSF. Only three days back, BSF had gunned down an intruder at Korotona Khurd in RS Pura sector. The intruder was believed to be a Pakistani guide. According to sources, a large number of militants were camping along the IB opposite Jammu and Punjab sectors with a view to infiltrate into this side as the ultras were running short of strength and weaponry in the entire State. A number of militants opposite Jammu sector were reported to have been shited to IB along Punjab by the Rangers to force their intrusions from that State and then shift them towards border villages of Kathua and Samba for further movement towards Doda and Udhampur.