Infiltration By Militants Is On The Rise Again

Infiltration By Militants Is On The Rise Again

2 August 2013
FirstPost
Sameer Yasir

Srinagar: Five more militants have been killed in an on ongoing operation near the line the control (LOC), in the Afroda forests of the frontier district of Kupwara in North Kashmir. Since last four days ten militants have been killed the front year district of Kupwara forests, after security forces received information about the infiltration attempts being made by the militants across the disturbed Kupwara district. The attempt, to sneak into the Kashmir valley by militants, is seen as a yet another failed bid to disturb a fragile peace in valley. There seems to be a surge in the infiltration attempts being made by the militants across the line of control from last one month. The Sringar based General Officer Commanding (GOC)of 15 corps, Lt General Gurmit Singh said, the operation in different parts of the district concluded on Thursday with the killing of five Lashkar-e-Taiba militants but the search operation is still on the area. Fresh clashes were reported from Uri on Thursday evening between Indian and Pakistani soldiers on the highly militarised line of control in Baramulla district. The Army on Friday said it has killed a dozen militants along the line of control in the ongoing operation in the Kupwara district. The Spokesperson for the Indian Amry, Naresh Vig, said that militants on Friday tried to again made an desperate attempt to cross the line of control at three different places in remote areas of North Kashmir leading to fierce gun battle between militants and security forces. As the melting of the snow ends on the line of control and in the peak summer, the militants try to make most of the difficult terrain by sneaking in the Kashmir valley. With the summer at its peak the militants have found different ways of entering the valley from Kupwara to Baramulla, a senior police official said on Friday. Lt General Gurmit Singh agrees that the number of the infiltration attempts being made is increasing compared to last year and says that attempts are being made form the other side of the line of control to push more people inside the valley to create disturbance. “We are on high alert, night and foot patrolling is on fencing and installing latest equipment has helped to curb the infiltration menace to quite an extent and any such attempts to infiltrate would be foiled by our troops. We are always ready for the challenge, we have not lowered our guard,” he told Firstpost. There is an excellent intelligence network in place to take on challenges between intelligence agencies and security, he said. “In this particular operation in Afroda forests the infiltrators were terrorists asked to surrender but they opened fire with automatic weapons,” he added. He said that two of the soldiers of army also sustained injuries, and their condition is improving now. The bodies of the militants have been recovered with huge quantity of arms, from the Machil and Keran sector. “1 AK-56 with 1 magazine, 2 ammunitions, 20 rounds, a pistol with two magazines, 15 rounds, pistol with modified butt with a magazine and a round, a twelve-bore single barrel gun, 23 twelve-bore live cases, 4 Chinese grenades, a binocular, a bag with medicines and food items were recovered from the site,” he said. He further said that there was perception among the militants ranks in Pakistan that it is easy to infiltrate in summer months. “But our coordinated efforts have made sure they don’t sneak into this side of the line to control.” The GOC also lauded the role of other security agencies including Jammu and Kashmir Police for their role during these operations. Analysts believe that looking at the number of the infiltration attempts being made from last one month, more attempts might be made in valley in coming days. A senior police official, posted in Kupwara district, on condition of anonymity said that they were expecting more attempt in coming months. “As the summer approach’s militants try to sneak in every year but this year there been a large number of attempts being made by them to disturb peace in valley, but mots of these attempts have been foiled,” he told Firstpost.