Army Recovers Pakistan Origin Claymore Mine, Averts Major Tragedy On LoC

15 October 2014

Srinagar: For the first time the Indian army has recovered a lethal claymore mine having 800 pellets with a killing area of 50 meters and danger area of around 200 meters, on the Line of Control (LoC) in Saujiyan sector of Poonch district. 'A Pakistan origin claymore mine along with a knife, shawl, tracksuit and caps was recovered in Saujiyan sector on October 14 by an alert LoC domination patrol. The mine recovery reaffirms the handiwork of inimical terrorists and subversive elements in spreading acrimonious activities on LoC and hinterland,' said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu. Security analysts suspect that the mine could have been planted by the Border Action Team (BAT) of Pakistan to cause large scale casualties at a time when the tensions are mounting on the LoC and International Border (IB) following relentless firing and shelling from across the border. BAT is a mix of Pakistani troops and the militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohommad which are used as the force multiplier on the LoC. 'The Indian army continues to enhance and upgrade its vigil on a daily basis resulting in such recovery of lethal mine which has 800 pellets and has a killing area of 50mtrs and danger area of around 200mtrs. Indian Army is fully prepared and geared up to handle any such misadventure or nefarious design of terrorists and inimical elements. It will continue to thwart all such activities,' he said. Lieutenant Colonel Mehta noted that the LoC has always been facing acts of uncalled for aggression from across in various forms but the alert Indian Army deployed in the challenging terrain of Pir Panjal mountains have always been answering these provocative acts with resolute, firm and appropriate response. 'With no headway being made on any ground whether the IB or LoC, inimical elements have now started taking assistance from the terrorists in planting IED and mines on the LoC. The incidents of IED in Balnoi Sector on October 10, is one such example,' he said. The defence spokesman said the high reaching yet challenging treacherous terrain of Poonch has been often used by 'inimical elements' to give shape to their evil designs. 'It has always flaunted the rights and dignity of civilian population by targeting them both during Ceasefire Violation and by planting IED on roads being used by them also,' he said. Meanwhile, Pakistan has shifted its focus from IB to LoC by resorting to heavy firing and shelling in Sabzian sector of Poonch on Wednesday. Sources said Pakistan resorted to heavy fire using small arms and 82 mm mortars from 9 am to 12 30 pm. Indian army gave response in equal measure to silence the Pakistan guns, sources added.