Army tightens security around international border in Poonch

March 19th, 2011 - 8:13 pm ICT by ANI  

By Tahir Nadeem Khan

Jammu, Mar 19 (ANI): The Indian Army has tightened security around the international border in Jammu and Kashmir amid reports of infiltration attempts by the militants.

Security has been upgraded in the high-altitude areas like Doda Shahpur sector and Sawjian sector.

Army officials are maintaining a tight vigil along the border despite the harsh weather conditions.

“Because of the terrain, it becomes very difficult to move around. There is snow till the waist. Though it is very difficult to walk around, these hardships are nothing new to us. We have done it before and we can overcome them now as well. We have taken all the precautions that need to be taken,” said Major Ajay Kumar Pathania.

The villages, which are along the Line of Control (LOC), are also supporting the Indian army in their security efforts.

“It (the Sawjian sector) is a gateway to India and a doorway to Jammu and Kashmir. Here we stay with the army for 24 hours. We always look into the problems of the army and act in accordance with them. Today we sleep in peace because the army constantly patrols around here,” said Mohammad Zaman, head of Sawjian village.

Jammu and Kashmir, which has been affected by militancy for the last two decades, has seen over 47,000 people dead so far. (ANI)

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