November 2001 News

Army’s ‘death trap’ proves successful in Kashmir

13 November 2001
The Indian Express

Poonch: A multi-tier security system, which was introduced by police and security forces recently to thwart infiltration from across the Line of Control (LoC) in border districts of Poonch and Rajouri, has proved a ''death trap'' for sneaking militants, a senior army officer said. The system, ranging from one to six-tier security cover in different areas, was adopted after overall review of the situation and has proved fruitful in countering insurgency and infiltration in these areas, the officer told a group of visiting media persons in Poonch. ''If a group of terrorists succeeded in breaking the first cordon laid near the LoC, they will definitely be trapped in the second or third security net laid within five km border belt, the officer said adding a large number of sneaking militants have been eliminated by the security forces. Stating that Pakistan''s ISI has changed its strategy on Kashmir, he said the names of some foreign militant outfits have also been changed in the wake of the ban imposed on certain outfits by the US. The name of Lashkar-e-Toiba has been changed to Lashkar-e-Islami, he said. ISI is now trying to push maximum number of foreign militants into Indian side before snowfall. However, we have been keeping our troops on alert, army sources said.


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