Spurt In Truce Violations To Come Under Scrutiny During Modi's Visit

30 June 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Jammu: The recent spurt in truce violations along the 224.5-km Line of Control (LoC) and the 198-km international border in the Jammu region will come under scanner during the security review by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar on July 4. 'This year there has been a spurt in intrusion bids and truce violations on the LoC and the international border in the Jammu region. There had been some terror-related incidents as well, like the Janglote terror attack in Kathua and the suspected BAT (Border Action Team) attack on the LoC in Akhnoor. The Jammu region frontier is hotter than that of Kashmir this year. Hence, the LoC and the international border in the Jammu region are likely to come under detailed discussion,' said a top Army source. 'While Poonch remains vulnerable as Pakistan troops keep trying to push ultras thorough this sector, the suspected BAT attack on May 18 that left a soldier dead in Jogwan forward area in the Akhnoor sector was also viewed seriously by the Army headquarters,' he said. 'The attack was carried out inside our territory,' he added. Last year on January 8, the BAT had brutally killed two soldiers and beheaded them in the Balnoi area and on August 5-6 in another raid they had killed five more soldiers in the Chakan da Bagh area. 'The Nagrota-based 16 Corps GOC, Lt Gen KH Singh, and the Yol-based 9 Corps GOC, Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, will brief the Prime Minister on the scenario all along the LoC and the international border in the Jammu region,' said the source. He said this year there had been 35 truce violations and 10 other violations on the LoC. The truce violations last year were 149. On June 21, DGP K Rajendra had said that 10 ultras had managed to sneak into the state this year while security agencies and defence sources maintained that there had been no infiltration into the Kashmir valley so far. 'These make things amply clear,' said the source. 'The Hiranagar sub-sector on the international border, especially the Tarnah Nullah, remains the traditional route of infiltration. Though the BSF has introduced an indigenously developed technology to plug the porous gap and has also increased manpower, this particular stretch is also likely to come under discussion,' he said. On March 28, three militants had staged twin attacks in Janglote, killing two civilians and a soldier; and on September 26 last year, there were twin attacks in Hiranagar police station and the Samba Army camp in which three soldiers, a Lt Colonel, four cops and two civilians were killed. In both these attacks, it was believed that the ultras had sneaked from the Tarnah Nullah, which also includes the Chhap Nullah. Last year, 12 soldiers were killed and 41 injured in ceasefire violations and firing by Pakistan on forward posts, civilian areas and patrolling parties along the Indo-Pak border. The LoC in the Jammu region runs from Akhnoor to Poonch, while the international border starts from Paharpur on the Kathua border and ends in the Chicken Neck area of Akhnoor. Border trouble This year so far, there have been 35 truce violations. The ceasefire violations last year were 149. DGP K Rajendra recently said 10 ultras had managed to sneak into the state this year while security agencies and defence sources maintained that there had been no infiltration into the Kashmir valley so far. Last year, 12 soldiers were killed and 41 injured in ceasefire violations and firing by Pakistan on forward posts, civilian areas and patrolling parties along the Indo-Pak border