Number Of Militants Go Down To 6005 May 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: The number of total active militants of various outfits in the State has come down to around 600 after the killing of a number of hardcore ultras during past six to eight months. 'The number would have further come down to nearly 450 but for the infiltration of 110 to 130 militants last year which added to total number of ultras operating in the State’’, official sources said. About two to three years back, the number of active militants of different outfits was hovering around 800 to 900. However, in view of a series of successful operations by security forces and police across the State and a check on fresh infiltration from both Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB), has reduced number of the militants between 550 to 600. The number would have been further less but for the infiltration of 110 to 130 militants during 2009 which kept their tally around 600. According to sources, the infiltration by about 110 to 130 militants last year was much more than 2008 when hardly 40 to 50 new ultras had managed to sneak-in from Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). During first four months of this year too, the infiltration has been on lesser side, unlike 2009, despite the fact that number of intrusion bids by the militants in both Jammu and Kashmir regions have gone an all time high. 'Attempts by the militants to sneak into this side from both LoC and IB are on the higher side this year. The number of intrusion bids is going up. However, encouraging part of the reports is that most of the attempts have been foiled by the security forces, who were already anticipating a spurt in incursions from Pakistan and PoK’’, sources said. There were reports that even after a series of failed intrusion attempts, a number of militants continued to camp at launching pads on LoC and IB on Pakistan side to make fresh attempts to enter into this side. The militants have not given up despite failing to sneak-in. They were still camping at launching pads, erected for them by Pakistan Army and Rangers, close to the borders and would continue to make attempts to infiltration, sources said, adding the security personnel were fully geared to meet with any eventuality. Though there was no exact number of the militants camping at LoC and IB in Pakistan and PoK awaiting an opportunity to sneak-in, according to Intelligence inputs, the number could be around 1000 to 1200. Most of these militants had completed their arms training a couple of years back. They have been permanently stationed at launching pads or some Government buildings opposite LoC and IB to infiltrate as and when they get an opportunity. Aware of the situation developing across LoC and IB, Army and BSF were fully prepared to thwart intrusion bids. The ultras and their mentors across the border were also in search of new infiltration routes along LoC and IB. In fact, they had succeeded in finding some new routes in Pallanwalla and Nowshera from where 17 to 20 militants had intruded on March 26 and 27. However, 17 of them were gunned down by Army and police at Dharamsal and Kalakote forests in Rajouri district when they were heading towards Mahore and Kulgam but were trapped in the forest area in the absence of any guide. Another group of five militants had taken Punjab route to infiltrate from Bamial sector in Gurdaspur district. Two of them had reached Rajbagh in Kathua but again returned to forward village of Punjab where they were killed by Punjab Police few days back. This was for the first time that the militants, unable to breach fencing in Jammu sector, had taken Punjab route to enter Jammu. Three militants were reported to have left for Punjab.