Army devising new counter-infiltration strategies

September 9th, 2008 - 11:08 am ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Sep 9 (IANS) The Indian Army is devising new strategies to overcome the problem of infiltration from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir. Since the November 2003 India-Pakistan ceasefire, the highest number of intrusions has taken place this year.Official sources said new strategies would be chalked out at a meeting of the army commanders here later Tuesday since the insurgents seem to have perfected the art of entering Indian territory by cutting barbed wire fences under the cover of firing by Pakistani troops.

Between April and August, there have been at least 29 instances when Pakistani troopers allegedly fired at Indian posts on the LoC to give covering fire to militants. One incident was reported in April, two in May and seven in June. The figure rose to 10 in July, while at least nine violations took place in August. About 150 intruders had made it to the Indian side since January, sources said.

Lt. Gen. Tej Krishan Sapru, chief of the Western Command of the Indian Army that is responsible for guarding the 198 km long international border in the Jammu region, arrived here Sunday to discuss the problem of infiltration with other senior officials.

Defence spokesman Lt. Col. S.D. Goswami said Lt. Gen. Sapru’s visit was “significant in the light of the reports of concentration of terrorists along the international border in their attempt to cross over to this side”.

According to intelligence reports, over 800 terrorists are waiting in launch pads across the border to sneak into Jammu and Kashmir.

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