July 2016 News

Spike In Militant Attacks Due To Increased Infiltration: Police

2 July 2016
Rising Kashmir
Sumaiya Yousuf

Srinagar: Police has attributed surge in militant attacks to increased infiltration from across the border this year. 'The increased number of attacks on convoys, and police parties are obviously a matter of concern for us. The militants are able to carry out attacks because there has been a surge in infiltration this year,' Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Range, Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gilani told Rising Kashmir. The IGP said as many as 75 militants had been killed in different operations carried out by security agencies in last six months. The militants have threatened to launch more attacks on military and paramilitary targets in Kashmir. However, Gilani said there was nothing new in their threat. 'It is not a new thing as they have been doing so for many years. They just do it to threaten people so that they will not give security agencies any information,' he said. Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) has reportedly warned people in Sopore to stay away from camps, bunkers, convoys etc as they are planning to carry out major attacks in Kashmir before Eid. The IGP said police has taken major steps to boost security across the state in order to avert militant attacks. PRO Defence, N N Joshi attributed the spike in militant activities to melting of snow in mountain passes along the Line of Control paving way for their infiltration. 'It is time to look at greater integration and synergy to minimize losses to our forces, which is exactly what is being done. But yes activities have been on rise in a shorter span of time and it happens usually when snow starts melting,' he said. Joshi, however, refused to share information on number of fresh infiltrations. Security agencies have predicted upward trend in attacks like the last week's ambush of a CRPF convoy in Pampore area in coming months. Defence sources said that there have been a lot of activities in past 15-20 days in the valley. 'The militants are trying to show their presence in the Valley which is quite visible by a number of activities taking place these days,' sources said. They said militants are trying to show that they can target anytime anywhere. 'They are also looking for soft places not hot areas where lot of security is present.' Rising Kashmir had earlier reported that Defence Ministry has revealed 18 militants from Pakistan have successfully infiltrated in Jammu and Kashmir in first three months of current year. On April 29, the union ministry informed Lok Sabha that militants have made 24 infiltration attempts out of which 18 were successful from January to March. 'Issues relating to abetting infiltration along India-Pakistan border are taken up with Pakistan military authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of Flag Meetings and weekly talks between the Directorate Generals of Military Operations of both the countries,' the MoD informed. Meanwhile, at a time when army in Kashmir is claiming to have robust security grid put in place along borders and zero infiltration in 2015, the annual report of Ministry of Defence reveals that 33 militants had infiltrated last year. The assessment done by MoD in its annual report reveals out of 121 infiltration attempts by militants across border, 33 have successfully penetrated to this side. Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir's top Army commander had said no cross-border infiltration took place in 2015. 'As per an assessment, which is done by all intelligence agencies, no militant has been successful to infiltrate this year,' he had maintained. Meanwhile, 37 militancy related incidents were reported from January 1 to May 31 this year.