Army On High Alert, Claims Terrorist Waiting Across To Infiltrate

29 April 2009
Greater Kashmir

New Delhi: After foiling two major intrusion bids in the last month, Army said on Wednesday that more terrorists are waiting at 'launch pads' across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir for a chance to infiltrate and troops have been 'redeployed' to thwart any such attempt. Over the last month, terrorists have made two major infiltration bids, which were partly successful, Vice Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Noble Thamburaj told reporters in New Delhi. However, most of the infiltrators were neutralised in the second tier of security along the LoC, he added. 'We have realised that there are some more terrorists who are waiting in their launch pads and training camps, ready to be launched (into India),' he said. 'The Indian Army has done redeployment (of troops to counter infiltration)...We have built in additional surveillance capabilities to look across LoC ... We have deployed more technical equipment for surveillance even at most difficult places keeping the LoC under active patrolling and surveillance at all times,' the Army Vice Chief said. Thamburaj said infiltration bids have been 'timed around' Lok Sabha elections. After a visit to forward areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor said on Tuesday that 54 militants had infiltrated into India in March. Sources in the government said the infiltration was being supported by the Pakistani establishment