December 2003 News

Border fencing a death trap for terrorists: Army

24 December 2003
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India

Poonch: Criss-crossing through the rocky terrain and dense woods to stand guard along Indo-Pak borderline, the 261-kms long three-tier fencing is proving to be a death trap for cross-border armed infiltrators in Jammu and Kashmir.'Nearly 261-kms of completed fencing, out of 976- kms of zeroline with Pakistan, is a death trap in the making for infiltrators as 11 terrorists have been killed along LoC in J&K so far,' a senior Army official said.Six top terrorists were caught in fencing and got killed in gunbattle in Bhimber Gali on Sunday, two died in Batairnallah in Poonch on December 11 and two others in Keri in Rajouri sector, he said. He also added that 'this is forcing Pakistan to raise hue and cry at international fora to press India to stop fencing'.'The entire LoC will be completed by March next. As our attention is completely focussed on the completion of the border fencing along the LoC, where maximum infiltration is taking place,' he said.'We have doubled our efforts since the ceasefire in order to finish border fencing and floodlighting of zeroline with Pakistan,' he added.Working without any fear of Pakistani firing for the first time since the start of fencing two years ago, soldiers engaged in the fencing say that their output has increased three to four times.


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