Security Agencies Fear Spike In Infiltration Ahead Of Winter10 October 2010
Times of India
New Delhi: The recent visit of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Sayed Salahuddin to terror training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) along the LoC has caused concern among security agencies here as they apprehend that the move is aimed at stepping up infiltration into the Kashmir Valley before the onset of winter. Seven infiltrators were killed while attempting to cross into Kashmir Valley on Thursday while a Pakistani national, Inayatullah who hails from Nikyal village in PoK, was arrested on Sunday when he infiltrated into Indian territory from across the border in Rajouri district. Citing these examples, a top government official said, 'These are not isolated incidents. These are parts of a larger plan to step up infiltration before the onset of winter.' Intelligence agencies had last month reported Salahuddin's three visits to different training camps in PoK. It is suspected that some ISI officials had also accompanied him during his visit to those camps, which act as a platform to train and push terrorists into India. The official said, 'Such visits are part of attempts which are being made from across the border to make up for the 'lull' in terrorism after 2009 by pushing militants.' Latest reports about infiltration shows that the attempts from across the LoC have increased in the last nine months as compared to 2009. This year, from January to September, nearly 285 terrorists have attempted to infiltrate. Around 90 of them are believed to have been successful. According to an estimate, nearly 700 terrorists, half of them foreign mercenaries, are still active in Jammu and Kashmir. The security forces have eliminated 59 terrorists between January to June in the state. Intelligence reports suggest that there are an estimated 42 terrorist training camps in Pakistan. The total number of militants staying in these camps is roughly between 2,000 to 2,500. Last year was the most peaceful in Jammu and Kashmir in more than a decade with violent incidents dropping by nearly a third over 2008. Nearly 80 civilians were killed but this was 15% less than the previous year. 'There has been no change in the attitude of Pakistan. They are infiltrating terrorists from the border. It is borne by the facts on the ground,' the official said.