Another Arnia Like Attack Averted, Ultras Pushed Back

7 January 2015
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: The BSF last night foiled yet another infiltration attempt, fifth during the past about one week, along the International Border (IB) in Hiranagar sector forcing a group of four to five militants to retreat to Pakistan from where they had been launched into this side by the Rangers while Bomb Disposal Squads have defused more than dozen live 82mm mortar shells in the populated villages in Hiranagar and Samba sectors. Entire IB in Hiranagar and Samba sectors, which had become tense following heavy shelling and firing by the Rangers during past one week in which two BSF jawans and a woman were killed and 10 other civilians were injured, remained calm today but about 10,000 border people continued to stay in relief camps in Samba and Hiranagar as they were reluctant to return in anticipation of fresh firing from across the border. Official sources told the Excelsior that a group of four to five militants tried to infiltrate inside the Indian territory to carry out Arnia like attack from border village of Pallia in Chilyari-Khora forward belt between Samba and Hiranagar sector late last night. However, alert BSF jawans observed movement of the militants and opened firing to neutralize them. The militants retreated after brief exchange of firing finding the BSF jawans on high alert, sources said while describing number of the infiltrators between four to five. All of them were equipped with heavy arms. According to sources, the militants were plotting Arnia like attack on the BSF. In December last year, the militants had infiltrated in Arnia sector and opened firing killing five civilians and three Army personnel before all four of them were eliminated by the troops. This is the fifth infiltration attempt in a week by militants under the cover of firing by Pakistani troops and thick blanket of fog along the International Border. BSF had reports that a large number of militants were waiting across the border for an opportunity to infiltrate and it has foiled four such attempts since New Year eve, when Pakistani troops started the latest round of ceasefire violations that have left three persons dead. BSF has evidence that the infiltration bids were being engineered from Pakistan. 'What we feel that it could be one of the reasons for the provocation and we are on alert. We are watching. Whenever we feel that there is infiltration bid, we are doing the needful,' sources said. 'They are trying all possible things But so far perhaps they have not succeeded in any kind of infiltration in this area,' they added. Meanwhile, the Bomb Disposal Squads have defused about dozen live 82mm mortar shells in populated but presently deserted villages in Hiranagar and Samba sectors, which had been fired by the Pakistani Rangers but didn't explode. 'All live shells, which have been spotted so far, were defused safely,' sources said but admitted that there could be many more live shells in the fields and villages. Security forces, police and local people were engaged in searches to detect the live shells and defuse them for safety of the border people. During the past one week, Pakistani Rangers have fired a large number of mortar shells, some of which had landed deep inside the Indian villages. Around 10,000 people displaced by firing and mortar shelling by Pakistan are still waiting in camps set up in Hiranagar and Samba as the terrified people were reluctant to return even as no fresh incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan was reported today as the border people felt that Pakistan could resort to shelling and firing anytime again. 'Nearly 10,500 people have so far migrated from the border villages and of them, 8000 have taken shelter in camps set up by the authorities in safer areas in Hiranagar and Samba,' sources said, adding that some of the migrants visited the border villages this morning to feed cattle but returned to the camps by the Sunset. An uneasy calm prevailed along the International Border in Hiranagar and Samba sectors as guns fell silent today. 'There was no firing and shelling from across the border today,' sources said. 'The borderline is calm. No reports of any firing is there from across', they added.