Substantial rise in infiltration: Army chief

28 April 2009
The Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: Infiltration of terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir, helped by Pakistani establishment, has risen substantially, with March recording the highest influx as compared to the corresponding month in the last seven years. Army chief Gen Deepak Kapoor today said there was information about more militants preparing to infiltrate into India and that his force has 'refined' the pattern of deployment to foil these attempts. 'As far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, infiltration has increased in March because of the elections being held there and to disrupt the electoral process in the State, ' he told reporters on the sidelines of a book release function here. 'The figure upto March 31 says that 54 terrorists have come into Jammu and Kashmir,' Gen Kapoor added. In view of the continuing threat, he said, the Army has taken a number of steps to 'refine' its techniques. 'We keep refining our deployment patterns and that is exactly what we have done,' the Army chief said. Sources said the infiltration in March this year was the highest for the corresponding month in the past seven years. The infiltration has increased both in terms of quantity and quality, considering the weapons brought by terrorists, the sources said. 'It cannot happen without the conscious decision of the establishment in Pakistan,' they added. Replying about LTTE issue, the Army chief said that LTTE was confined to a small area of about 'six square km' and the Sri Lankan armed forces had stopped using heavy weapons against the group to avoid 'heavy casualties' in the rebel-held areas. 'Use of heavy weapons by the Sri Lankan forces has died down...LTTE and its cadres are still holding in about approximately six square km or so. It's a very small area in which perhaps there would be LTTE cadre and certain amount of civilians. 'Sri Lankan Government has stopped using heavy weapons as that would have caused lot of heavy casualties and attrition there,' Army chief General Deepak Kapoor said when asked about his assessment of the on going war in the Island nation. Replying to a query on media reports about the possibility of LTTE suicide bombers infiltrating into India, the Army chief said, 'I have no such information and I would not like to comment on the issue.' On the award of Pay-band 4 status to Lieutenant Colonel equivalent officers in the armed forces in the Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations, Kapoor said, 'The present dispensation has by and large met with the aspirations of the services and I think to that extent people are feeling motivated to carry out tasks assigned to them.' (PTI) window.google_render_ad();