Infiltration attempts increasing: Lt Gen Jaswal

Infiltration attempts increasing: Lt Gen Jaswal

7 September 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU: Three Government contractors of Kishtwar and Ramban districts have been put on Intelligence radar for reportedly hiring a number of labourers from Banihal and Ramban areas to Kashmir valley especially in Anantnag district on the pretext of working in Government run projects but pushing them into undesirable activities. An Intelligence agency of the Government of India has sounded the Counter Intelligence (CI) wing of police to trace the contractors, who had hired the labourers for working in the projects on fixed monthly pay but later engaged them into anti-Indian activities in the Valley. Official sources said the information gathered by the Central agency has revealed that the labourers had earlier worked in some projects in both Government and private sector and mostly hailed from rural areas of Ramban and Banihal. Three Government contractors took them to Anantnag district with the assurance of getting labour work for several months in the Government run projects. While 25 to 30 labourers were taken from Ramban and Banihal, five to seven others belonged to Kishtwar district, sources said, adding that they were first taken to Kishtwar and then to Anantnag. The villages of Kishtwar, border Anantnag areas of Kashmir from where the labourers crossed over. Sources said the labourers could have been taken through normal Jammu-Srinagar highway road by the contractors if they were to be engaged in the project works. However, a different route was adopted by the contractors for taking the labourers to Anantnag. Confirming that they have received an input from a Central Intelligence agency on the Government contractors intentionally putting the innocent labourers into anti-national activities, sources said the Counter Intelligence has identified all three contractors but they were not present in their houses. 'Probably, the contractors had become aware that they had come under surveillance. They were untraced. Besides the CI, police in some parts of Kashmir was also in search of contractors and labourers’’, sources said. They added that the contractors are likely to be booked under the provisions of anti-national activities once they are traced. Their mobile telephones continued to indicate their location in Anantnag district confirming the reports of their involvement in undesirable activities. Most of the labourers, according to sources, were still trapped in Anantnag as they had been handed over to some groups by the contractors engaged in anti-Indian activities in the Valley. They said the Central Intelligence agency has asked the CI to look for similar activities of anti-national elements in other parts of the region also. However, no such instance has been reported from any other area so far. Infiltration attempts increasing Lt Gen Jaswal * 40 militants intrude this year LEH, Sept 7 Army has noticed 'a lot of attempts' by terrorists to infiltrate into Indian territory along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir this year. But, the Army has taken them on. 'Our intelligence is good and we come to know about infiltration attempts,' Army's Northern Command Chief, Lieutenant General B S Jaswal said. 'There have been a lot of attempts to infiltrate along the border. They (terrorists) are trying hard to infiltrate,' he said. According to Army, a total of 40 people have infiltrated across the border this year. 'We have official figures of the infiltration. As of now we have a figure of approximately 40 people. Last year by this time 93 had infiltrated,' Jaswal said. On the efforts being made by the Army to combat infiltration, he said, 'We have had a number of encounters. We killed 16 people in one case and 11 people in another case. But despite that there has been increase in their attempts.' Explaining the difficulty being faced by the troops, the Northern Command Chief said, 'The terrain is extremely inhospitable here. There are jungles. There are bushes. At times you cannot see a person 10 yards away. Surveillance devices are also not effective over there.' However, he said there was no information about infiltration attempts by the Taliban. 'We have no confirmed reports about Talibans (infiltrating through J&K border),' Jaswal said. When asked about Chinese troop movements in Gilgit and Baltistan in Pakistan-occupied territories, the GoC said, 'I do not have reach upto that area. Whatever I get about Gilgit and Baltistan it is from the tabloid. It is a strategic intelligence and that is not with us. At least at my level.' To a question on Chinese build up in the Karakoram region, he said, 'It is far beyond the depth of strategic intelligence level which I have. We have not got anything about it.' (PTI)


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