Firing for 4th consecutive night, intruders spotted

Firing for 4th consecutive night, intruders spotted

20 October 2012
The Daily Excelsior


Jammu: Even as Pakistan Army continued heavy firing on the Line of Control (LoC) at Krishna Ghati sector in violation of ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan, Army and BSF have switched on the electronic gadgets to counter foggy weather conditions in the upcoming days when they anticipated more infiltration attempts from across the LoC and IB where over 200 militants were reportedly camping awaiting an opportunity to sneak in. DIG BSF JS Oberoi told the Excelsior after visiting Abdullian and Tube Well areas of RS Pura sector on the International Border that movement of the infiltrators was observed during Pakistan firing on the intervening night of October 18 and 19. He said there was huge thick ‘sarkanda’ between Abdullian and Tube Well and the infiltrators wanted to take its advantage to enter into this side backed by the Pakistan firing. 'Suspected movement (of the infiltrators) was observed during the firing. However, calibrated response by the BSF didn’t allow the infiltrators to succeed in their plot’’, Mr Oberoi said, adding that a ‘casual contact’ (Company Commander level) was established with the Rangers and a protest lodged with them for their unprovoked firing and attempt to push militants into this side. Noting that there was a big challenge for the BSF in the upcoming days when foggy weather conditions would prevail in most of the forward areas on the IB, the DIG BSF said 'security forces were ready to face the challenge’’. He added that infiltrators would try to take advantage of huge thick sarkanda as well as foggy weather conditions in the coming days but the BSF was fully prepared to thwart their plot. Official sources said movement of three to four infiltrators was observed between Abdullian and Tube Well during Pakistan firing in the wee hours between 2 am to 3 am on the intervening night of October 18 and 19. However, finding the BSF troops very alert, the infiltrators retreated. 'Firing by the Rangers was clearly aimed at pushing the infiltrators into this side’’, sources said. Meanwhile, Pakistan Army continued firing for fourth consecutive night in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district to facilitate infiltration by the held up militants but didn’t succeed. Public Relations Officer (PRO) Defence, Jammu, Col R K Palta said Pakistan Army resorted to firing in violation of ceasefire at 10.30 pm last night. The firing continued for about an hour 'Approximately 400 to 500 rounds of small arms and light-heavy automatic weapons were fired by Pak Army. Our troops maintained a high state of alert and exercised restraint. There was no casualty or damage on out side’’, Col Palta said. Sources said Pakistan’s Daku, Bhattal and Roza posts targeted Indian Kranti and Kirpan posts to diver focus of Army and push the militants. Indian side gave calibrated response to Pakistan firing and thwarted attempt by the ultras to intrude into this side. This was for the fourth consecutive night that Pakistan Army resorted to firing in Krishna Ghati sector and violated ceasefire with a view to push militants into this side but failed. Sources said anticipating foggy weather conditions on both LoC and IB in the coming days, Army and BSF have already pressed in the equipments to lit up areas to counter infiltration bids in the advantage of fog. Majority of areas on the LoC and IB witnessed foggy weather conditions from November to February and it was during this period that Pakistan Army and Rangers tried every year to push militants. Army and BSF have installed electronic gadgets at LoC and IB respectively to counter fog and keep vigil on the border. Sources said at least 200 militants have been camping across LoC and IB with a view to enter into this side under the cover of fog, grown up sarkanda and firing by the Pakistani troops. They confirmed that movement of militants has been observed on the LoC during Pakistan firing. The ultras were trying to come close to the LoC to infiltrate into this side but retreated after finding the troops alert. Army and BSF were maintaining a high alert along LoC and IB to ensure that not a single militant managed to sneak into this side, sources added.