A senior BSF officer of the Jammu frontier has warned against fresh infiltration bids from across the Line of Control and International border in the coming days while giving an assurance that the BSF along with the Indian army is maintaining a high alert and taking all possible precautions to prevent any infiltration.
According to DIG BSF Narinder Singh Jamwal, “the militants are desperate to infiltrate inside the Indian territory with the sole objective of attacking Indian security forces.”
He said when these infiltrators try to infiltrate inside the Indian territory they adopt multi pronged strategy and their attempt is to target the Indian forces or negotiate the barbed wire fence.
Giving details of the recent exchange of fire in the Keeri forward area of Rajouri the senior BSF officer said soon after our troops observed suspected movement of infiltrators in the forward area they started tracking them and as the infiltrators tried to come near the line of contoll they were challenged and in the ensuing gunfight they were eliminated by the jawans of the BSF and the Indian army.
Pakistan-based militant groups have intensified their infiltration attempts along the border in Jammu and Kashmir where around 300 terrorists continue to be active, according to the Home Ministry.
In a presentation at the meeting of the Consultative Committee for Home Ministry today, it said efforts from Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir based elements to spawn enhanced level of violence in the state by scaling up infiltration and smuggling of arms and ammunition from across the LoC continue.
“In 2012, 264 terrorists attempted infiltration from across the LoC as compared to 247 in 2011. Also, there was a rise in instances of successful infiltration as compared to previous years with 121 terrorists entering Jammu and Kashmir in 2012 as compared to 52 in 2011,” the Home Ministry told the Consultative Committee members.
Meanwhile, ministry sources said there have been increased attempts by militant groups based in PoK to send extremists into Jammu and Kashmir in recent weeks.
Though few militants have been successful to sneak into Jammu and Kashmir, most of the infiltration attempts have been foiled by security forces deployed along the border, sources said citing intelligence inputs.
They said as of now around 250 to 300 militants are active in the state and are waiting for opportunities to disturb peace in the state.
Warning against becoming complacent the BSF officer said it is expected that in the coming days more and more militant groups may attempt to breach the line of control and damage the fence. He said few attempts at infiltration were also made from across the International border but they were foiled by the alert BSF jawans.
He said the jawans of the BSF deployed along the International border are maintaining extra vigil to foil any infiltration bid while BSF jawans are working under the command of the Indian Army at certain places along the LOC to prevent infiltration bids from across the line of control.