Troops Remobilised Along LoC24 March 2010
Srinagar: Anticipating rise in infiltration attempts, army has started deploying hundreds of additional troops along Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir to strengthen its security grid and thwart infiltration bids of militants. Sources said the process was started on March 22 when helicopters ferried additional troops to some of its forward basis at Panzgam, Keran and Chowkibal sector in North Kashmir. “In the inaccessible areas along the LOC, troops were air dropped on the posts. In other areas like Panzgam additional troops were flown in helicopters to their basis. From their, additional troops are reaching the forward areas by foot,” they said. Besides, army has also started activating its counter intelligence posts along the LoC. The army abandons these posts after the onset of winter. A senior army official, based in northern command said army is taking adequate precautionary measures amid intelligence reports of high infiltration attempts this year. “In these summers, there is high threat of infiltration. We have deployed additional men to foil the infiltration attempts. The deployment is dynamic and not static. It keeps on changing in accordance with the ground situation,” he said. On March 6, the army during Core Group Meeting (CGM) had expressed apprehensions that high infiltration would take place from across LoC this year. In the meeting which was attended by top officials of security agencies and administration, army said “there were concrete intelligence inputs about possibilities of high infiltration attempts this year”. On Tuesday, militant leaders in Pakistan administered Kashmir vowed to strengthen ‘armed struggle’ in Kashmir. “The militants have successfully come and strengthened their basis in Kashmir especially in north and south. They have taken time to strengthen and now are striking at will. Brazen attacks in Sopore and Srinagar are testimony to that,” a senior security official said.