June 2002 News

No let-up in infiltration: Army

9 June 2002
The Hindustan Times

Jammu: Despite claims by Pakistan, infiltration from across the LoC to the Indian side has not stopped. On Sunday, an armed militant attempting to cross the border from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir was shot dead by army jawans in the Mendhar sector. A Kalashnikov assault rifle was recovered from the slain militant. Another militant was injured in the incident, but managed to escape. Corps Commander 16 corps, Lt. Gen J.B.S. Yadava, whose troops guard the LoC in Jammu from where the maximum number incursions have been taking place in the past six years, told the Hindustan Times on Saturday: ''To us the general perception that infiltration has stopped is incorrect. There is no evidence of the incursions having come down.'' A group of eight to ten militants intruded just two days ago in the Poonch sector. The group of ''Pakistani terrorists'' was engaged in an encounter with the army north of Loren Mandi, a hilly terrain close to the LoC in Poonch, he said. Yadava said the militants appeared to have come from the Hillan Valley area. Two Indian soldiers were also killed in the encounter. These intrusions are clear rebuff to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf claims that for the past two weeks nothing has happened on the LoC. The army measures infiltration through encounters on the LoC and also through local information that trickles down after several days. There are collateral indicators that are taken into account. Lt Gen. Yadava said any conclusion on infiltration can be drawn only after three to six months and to draw any conclusion at this moment is ''incorrect''.


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