High Alert On LoC, IB About Fresh Infiltration Attempts

2 June 2015
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: The Intelligence agencies have sounded high alert along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir following latest inputs of top militants camping close to the border for infiltration into this side even as the Border Security Force (BSF) today lodged strong protest with the Rangers over targeted firing on the BSF jawans in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district yesterday in which a jawan was injured. The fresh ceasefire violations by Pakistan Army and Rangers along the LoC and IB yesterday and firing of mortars and RPG shells has triggered fresh wave of panic among the villagers living in the forward areas, who feared repeat of last year like situation on the borders when the people had to migrate from their houses and take shelters in the Government buildings. Official sources told the Excelsior that the Intelligence agencies have sounded statewide alert on the LoC and IB and called for high state of alert by all security agencies following specific inputs that some groups of highly trained militants including fidayeen squad of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen were trying to sneak into Jammu and Kashmir to carry out terror strikes. 'There were specific inputs that the militants were trying to infiltrate into this side to carry out terror attacks and target security installations. The militants were trying to target both LoC and IB as they were finding it difficult to infiltrate into this side. A number of militants have reached close to LoC and IB to make infiltration attempts,' sources said, adding the militants could try series of infiltration bids. Only a day before, the troops had thwarted major infiltration attempt by five to six militants on the LoC in Balakote sector of Poonch district. Alert Army personnel had forced the militants to retreat to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). 'The militants were desperate to infiltration. They were being supported on the LoC and IB by trained guides, who were well versed with routes of infiltration,' sources said quoting the alert sounded by the Intelligence agencies. Meanwhile, the BSF today lodged strong protest with the Rangers on hotline over yesterday's targeted firing on the BSF posts in which a jawan was injured in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district yesterday. The BSF took serious note of the incident and warned the Rangers of dire consequences if any such incident was repeated in future. The BSF cautioned the Rangers that the sniper incident could lead to serious repercussions. It may be mentioned that the Rangers had directly targeted the BSF jawans injuring one of them. The jawan has been hospitalized. The BSF had retaliated immediately. The Rangers had again violated the ceasefire in the evening firing four mortar shells in Hiranagar sector. However, there had been no ceasefire violation on the IB after the BSF gave effective retaliation silencing guns of the Rangers. On the LoC also, no ceasefire violation has been reported since yesterday morning though there had been reports that militants have gathered across the LoC and were trying to infiltrate into this side. Troops have already been maintaining high alert all along the LoC in twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri to thwart designs of the militants.