July 2006 News

Increased Infiltration Recorded In Jammu & Kashmir

6 July 2006
South Asia Intelligence Review

New Delhi: The Union Government on June 29 said remedial measures, including synchronisation between various security forces, would soon be put in place as concerted efforts continued to usher in permanent peace in Jammu and Kashmir. A high-level meeting chaired by the Army Chief, Gen. J. J. Singh, and attended by heads of all Central paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies in New Delhi, took serious note of the terrorist infrastructure still intact across the Line of Control (LoC). The Home Secretary, Vinod Kumar Duggal, told reporters 'Infiltration is slightly higher this year as compared to last year,' adding, this year's increase in infiltration by terrorists could be attributed to less snowfall and damage caused to the fencing along the LoC by the earthquake of October 8, 2005. A release issued by the Defence Ministry on the meeting said an analysis had revealed that infiltration usually went up in the summer months. This fell into an established pattern and 'hence is not alarming'. The release said, 'new tactics being adopted by the terrorists came up for discussion and effective counter measures to take on this challenge along the LoC, the hinterland, terrorist hideouts and centres were formulated keeping in view the assessed modus operandi of the terrorists in future.' The release added, 'Overall the security situation was assessed as fairly satisfactory and under control, with violence levels having come down in comparison with previous years.'


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