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Militants waiting to sneak into Kashmir: Army

Srinagar: Stating that around 700 militants are waiting to sneak into the state of Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps, Lt. General Syed Ata Hasnain said that the army has put in place anti-infiltration surveillance system along the line of control (LoC) to check infiltration.

“Militants are likely to infiltrate as snow has started to melt on mountain passes and likely infiltration routes”, said the GOC to media persons on the sidelines of a function organized by 29 RR at Hyderbeigh-Pattan in north Kashmir on March 17, adding “given security grid system on borders it would be difficult for them to infiltrate”.

He adds in past Lolab, Tangdhar and Gurez have been used by people from across to sneak in. “Accordingly, we’ve increased our surveillance so that nobody infiltrates. There would be minimum levels of infiltration during this year even if around 700 militants are reportedly waiting to infiltrate”. In response to a query, he said the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan always has an impact on situation, here.

Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda on March 18 said that the graph of militancy has come down, but it hasn’t been wiped out completely. “The terrain on borders is rough and tough. It is difficult to keep track of people trying to sneak in. We’ve developed a mechanism on the border with the help of which we can say that infiltration levels would be low although it can’t be zero”, he said while talking to media on the sidelines of attestation-cum- passing out parade at Police Training School, here. Khoda adds there are about 450-500 militants and the number tends to vary. DIG central Kashmir range, Abdul Gani Mir on March 10 negated reports that Srinagar is a militancy free-zone. He said around 50 militants, including foreign militants, are active in central Kashmir.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 15

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