Another Intrusion Bid In Poonch

21 September 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Jammu: With the Army busy in relief operations across the state, a group of 10-15 terrorists made another intrusion bid from across the Line of Control in the Balakote sector of Poonch district last night. However, alert troops of the 15 Bihar Regiment foiled their attempt. Despite carrying out relief operations, the Army has maintained a high degree of vigil all along the 744-km-long LoC. 'Around 8.30 last night, a group of 10-15 armed ultras made an intrusion bid near the MS Tekri post in the Balakote sector. However, alert troops of the 15 Bihar Regiment, who had picked up the movement on their devices, immediately opened fire and a gun battle ensued. Around 9.30 pm, the ultras fled back to PoJK,' said an Intelligence source. On September 18, 19 and 20, there had been regular attempts by militants to sneak into Indian territory in the Poonch sector. At a time when floods have damaged the border infrastructure on the LoC, Intelligence agencies have alerted the Army about the possibilities of intrusions in the Poonch sector, especially via the Krishna Ghati and Bhimber Gali sectors, said the source. He said the Intelligence agencies had alerted the Rashtriya Rifles and infantry battalions and one battalion of the BSF to remain extra cautious all along the mother ridge in the Poonch sector. On the intervening night of September 18 and 19, a group of militants had tried to infiltrate from the Balakote sector. 'The attempt was made around 9 pm but the alert Army troops had foiled it,' said the source. On the intervening night of September 19 and 20, a group of nine to 10 armed militants had tried to sneak into the India from the Tarkundi forward area. 'It is believed that the group which has been trying to infiltrate is the same group that started its intrusion bids from Panjini Forward and made the latest attempt near the MS Tekri post last night,' said the source. Nearly 50 km of border fence, several posts and floodlights were damaged in the recent floods along the LoC and the international border in the state. Border fence damaged in floods: With floods causing damage to the border infrastructure on the LoC, Intelligence agencies have alerted the Army about the possibilities of intrusions in the Poonch sector, especially via the Krishna Ghati and Bhimber Gali sectors. Nearly 50 km of border fence, several posts and floodlights were damaged in the recent floods along the LoC and the international border in the state.