Infiltration: ISI Draws New Plans
20 August 2004
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: Movement across the International Border (IB) indicates that Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) has come out with a fresh move to push the infiltrators to the Indian side for unleashing more terror in the Valley. This cunning move by the ISI came to light after the observations made by different intelligence agencies in the past few days, especially at the IB. Highly placed sources said now the terrorists, as per the new move, were opening gunfire from across the border to give a slip to the Indian security forces. Earlier, before the November 2003 announcement of ceasefire, Pak rangers used to trade gunfire with Indian forces to give cover to the infiltrators to sneak into India. However, to avoid criticism from the international community, the ISI is now imparting special training to the terrorists how to tackle with the Indian troops at the border while crossing over the sources said. They added that the new modus operandi of the terrorists now was that a group of armed terrorists would open fire from one side across the border to ensure the concentration of Indian troops towards that side, and while there would be exchange of fire, a small group of two to three armed terrorists waiting on the other side would attempt to cross over through the fenced border. The pointer to this fact is the recent exchange of fire between armed terrorists across the border and Indian troops in border village Manguchak in Kathua district late Monday night. However, the attempt was foiled and the terrorists had to crawl back due to the retaliatory fire. Later, on late Wednesday night, a similar attempt was repeated by the terrorists from Thakurpura border belt in Pakistan - area falls between Border Out Posts Katao and Chack Dulma in Hiranagar sector - which, too, was foiled by the Indian security forces, said the sources. They added that what was worrying the forces was the 'silence' of Pak rangers, even after witnessing the fire from across the border. When contacted, Border Security Force (BSF) officers confirmed that a suspicious movement was sighted across the border and about 20-30 rounds were also fired simultaneously by the naka party at Chak Dulma and Katao BOPs, but strictly maintained that there was no infiltration. Denying that any terrorist has managed to sneak into the Indian side, a BSF officer said the naka parties even fired para- bombs to light the border area to check infiltration.