Militants under intense pressure from to infiltrate: GOC1 June 2010
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Militants are under intense pressure to perform and infiltrate into this side from across and the troops continue to ensure strong vigil and security along the Line of Control. While speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the function organized in connection with the Raising Day of the White Knight Corps at Nagrota here today, General Officer Commanding of the 16 Corps, Lt Gen Rameshwar Roy, said that there was nothing new in the resolve of the terrorists. They are under intense pressure from their mentors across to infiltrate into this side and perform. While responding to a question on the statement issued by the supreme commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen Sayed Sallauddin that attempts would be made to increase militancy in the Jammu and Kashmir, Lt Gen Roy said such threats are not new things. The troops were fully prepared to meet any challenge. They are getting adequate support from across for this purpose and several incidents in the recent past along the LOC in Poonch and Rajouri sector have proven it. 'We will continue without strong resolve to ensure that the security situation remains totally under control and the people are able to carry on with their daily routine work without any fear. The troops will continue to ensure that the situation remains under control’’, the GOC maintained. 'With the anti-militancy operations launched by the troops, the ultras are also under pressure. They may continue their attempts of intrusion as well but they will not succeed. Army is fully prepared to tackle any situation and thwart the attempts of the terrorists‘’, Lt Gen Roy added. Responding to yet another question regarding recruitment of local youth by the militant outfits, the GOC said the terrorist outfits have made attempts to undertake recruitment from the public in the past also and had sought the help of OGWs and sympathizers. But with the increasing support of the people the army has been able to retrieve these locals, taken by militants as recruits. When asked about the killing of the top Hizbul commander Chota Bashir by his associates on Monday, the GOC said this indicates the growing rivalry over the leadership among the militants. Clash among them for petty interests is also on the rise leading to neutralization of some of the leaders in the cadre. Earlier, there used to be inter-group rivalry. Now there is growing rivalry within the outfit itself, he added. The sense of insecurity among the militant ranks, appears to be developing. The incident of Chota Bashir shows that they have started killing within their organization itself. 'It is good thing that they have started the beginning of their end’’, Gen Roy maintained. It is also said that they indulge in extortion and are fighting for the domination in particular area. Financial transaction within the cadre may also be one of the reasons. Referring to the security of Shri Amarnath pilgrims, the GOC said the troops will be ready to ensure better security cover to the pilgrimage and assist paramilitary forces and police for the smooth yatra, the GOC added. Earlier, in connection with the 38th Raising Day function of the 16 Corps, the GOC complimented all the ranks and also laid wreath at the ‘Balidan Satambh’ memorial. This Corps was raised on June 1, 1971 at the bank of river Tawi at Nagrota near here. A special Sainik Sammelan was organized. Several top officers and jawans attended the same. He said this Corps since its raising has grown to become the largest and the most operationally committed force of the Indian Army. With the number of troops and its sheer size, it outweighs many armies of the world. A special ‘Bara Khana’ was arranged for the troops.