LoC fencing forces terrorists to take other routes for infiltration
5 April 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: As all the infiltration routes have been plugged with the fencing of Line of Control (LoC) in the State, the terrorists have started finding other routes to enter Jammu and Kashmir to keep the pot of violence boiling and in these circumstances, the possibility of their mentors using trans-border bus service for funding ongoing insurgency cannot be ruled out. These views were expressed during a session on the topic 'Security and Military Challenges' during the ongoing national seminar in the University of Jammu today. The session was chaired by Lt Gen (retd) V K Patankar. 'Although there is declining trend in the infiltration yet the launching pads continued to be in operation and training of ultras is going on', Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Kuldeep Khuda said while speaking on the topic 'Role of Intelligence Agencies in J&K’’. 'Now the terrorists have choosen Bangladesh and Nepal routes to infiltrate first in India and then to Jammu and Kashmir. They have even started using sea routes for which sleeper sells have been created all over the country', he said. 'Funding always plays an important role in sustenance of the militancy and the role in keeping the pot of violence boiling in Jammu and Kashmir is being played by the Pakistan High Commission in India', Mr Khuda said and added that even the separatists are being funded by the High Commission of the neighbouring country. Mr Khuda said that situation in the State improved because of the intelligence inputs provided to the security forces and said that it was due to the timely information provided by the intelligence agencies that top commanders of the terrorist outfits got eliminated. Major General R Roy, who is heading 25 Division stationed at Rajouri, while speaking on the topic 'Contemporary Terrorism Role of Security Agencies' said that as the infiltration has been checked upto large extent, the terrorists were finding it difficult to sneak into this side of the border. 'The possibility of terrorists using other routes for infiltration cannot be ruled out. They can even use trans-border bus service to send money for funding and sustaining militancy although proper checking of the vehicles and visitors is being ensured at the trans-border points and no such incident came to light so far', he apprehended, adding 'whenever you take positive steps the chances of small aberrations are always there'. He, however, said that the trans- border bus service has been effectively countering the Pakistan propaganda as people from either sides themselves making difference between the developmental activities on both sides of border. 'The decline in infiltration level has left such an impact on the already sneaked terrorists that they are coming forward to surrender', he said and added that the ultras have been reduced to low grade activities like grenade lobbying. Mr Roy said that it was due to proper coordination between the different security agencies that the counter terrorism operations are being effectively carried out in the hinterland. 'We are also sensitive about the human rights violations as none other than a soldier can well understand the value of the life', he claimed. While fighting militancy, the Army has also continued its people friendly operations to win the minds and hearts of the civilians, Major General Roy said and stressed that intelligence network need to be strengthened as they are the backbone of any operation of the security forces. He, however, said that there was upto the satisfaction inputs from the intelligence agencies. Later, while replying to the queries from the gathering, Mr Khuda said that no response has been received from Pakistan on Kargil- Skardu route or on visit of trade delegations. In reply to another question, Major General Roy said that there was effective coordination between security forces and intelligence agencies and said that it was wrong notion that there remains race between them to take credit. In another session on the topic 'Regional and Geopolitical Dynamics' which was chaired by Additional Director Centre for Air Power Studies AVM Kapil Kak, Ambassador I P Khosla spoke on Afghanistan, Dr Monir Alam on J&K and Geopolitics of Central Asia, Lt Gen V K Patankar on CSTO, NATO, SCO and ISAF, Dr Srikant Kondapalli on Sino-Pak Nexus and Implications and Dr Raviprasad Narayan on Border Dispute with China in the Western Sector.