LeT trying to push 300 terrorists across LOC: General Kapoor

March 25th, 2009 - 9:43 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, March 25 (ANI): Army chief General Deepal Kapoor on Wednesday said that the Pakistan based militant group, Lashkar-e-Toiba, is attempting the biggest ever push of around 300 terrorists across the Line of Control into India.

The warning from the Army chief came on a day when Lashkar spokesman Abdullah Ghaznavi told a news agency that the attacks will continue on the Indian soil and the Kupwara encounter was a part of it.

Lashkar has also been found to be behind the ghastly attacks in Mumbai last year and its top leadership is under investigation in a Pakistan court.

“There are atleast 300 militants waiting to crossover to our side over LOC. There are 30-40 militant training camps active in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir,” General Kapoor said.

Pakistani troops have been firing throughout the last night at Indian posts in Uri sector reportedly to give cover to militants’ crossing over. The Indian Army has lodged a formal protest with their Pakistani counterparts on the same.

Commenting on the Kupwara encounter, General Kapoor said the Army had recovered 23 AK assault rifles, one pistol, four Under Barrel Grenade Launchers (UBGLs), 19 UBGL grenades, two hand grenades, two global positioning systems and 10 radio sets were recovered from the slain militants.

Earlier in the day, the Army said that the Pakistan-based terrorist group Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT) along with some other foreign outfits, were responsible for the gunbattle with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Addressing the press here, Brigadier General Gurmeet Singh said that high-order arms and ammunitions recovered from the terrorists indicate Pakistani help.

He pointed out that the terrorists couldn’t have accessed the weaponry without state backing.

According to reports, the Lashkar-e-Taiba has itself owned up responsibility for the encounter, which went on for five days and claimed the lives of seventeen militants and eight security personnel.

Brigadier Singh warned of more attacks against the Indian troops.

He further revealed that the Army, with the help of human intelligence agencies, had accurate information regarding the movements of the militants and assured that the security forces were ready to fight all the challenges.

The militants had sneaked into Kupwara as the dense forest range is close to the Line of Control (LoC).

On receiving information about militant infiltration in the forest area, the Army, assisted by local police had acted promptly and launched a gun battle on March 20. (ANI)

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