November 2005 News

Infiltration Bids Continue As Usual, Says Army

6 November 2005
The Indian Express

Srinagar: The killer quake is believed to have destroyed most of the control stations of militants across the Line of Control (LoC). The quake may have given a jolt to the militants but it does not seem to have shaken their morale, as can be gauged from the post-quake infiltration bids. Attempts to cross into the Valley continue unabated, according to the Army. 'There has been no let-up in infiltration, or militant violence,' Chief of Staff, 15 Corps, Major General V K Singh said here today. 'After the October-8 earthquake, infiltration bids continue as usual. Even if militant camps (across LoC) have been destroyed, which we can't ascertain, militants who survived the quake will try to cross over and disrupt peace,' he said apprehending more such bids before winter sets in. 'There have been 39 infiltration bids this year, but they were foiled by troops along the LoC,' Singh told reporters at a press briefing in Srinagar. '147 infiltrators were killed this year while they were trying to cross the LoC. In the corresponding period last year, 75 militants were eliminated during 40 infiltration bids,' he said. Singh said these infiltration bids were not taking place anywhere near the points on the LoC to be opened tomorrow to allow relatives on both sides of the LoC to meet, and to facilitate relief measures. Army and the civil administration were ready for opening the points. 'To cross the LoC at the points, the procedures for travel on the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus will have to be followed,' he said.


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