Nepal new route for Pakistan infiltrators

Four insignificant points are gateways

Nepal new route for Pakistan infiltrators

Pakistan is increasingly sneaking in infiltrators through the porous Indo-Nepal border using four little known gateways in the Terai region after finding that there is little scope for it along the western border.

This year, 107 males and 43 families infiltrated through the Nepal border till October, reliable sources told Deccan Herald. The 2012 count is the highest in the last five years.
One hundred and twenty seven males and five families crossed over between 2007 and 2010. The number spiked in 2011 when 61 males and 15 families came and settled on Indian side. But the last 10 months’ trend is unprecedented.

Among those who came to India this year, 40 married within months of arrival. Early settlement, marriage and raising of families are encouraged by the Pakistani intelligence, which is suspected to have a long-term plan to bleed India from inside with the help of these infiltrators. “They can be used to generate mass protests against local issues. The children may be trained to take up arms in future,” said a source in the intelligence wing.
Monitoring these individuals and families is an additional burden to local police stations, many of which are under-staffed and short of resources, he said. India's 1580-km long border with Nepal is a favourite zone for infiltration.

While known border posts like the one at Raxaul is under surveillance, there are many other entry points which are either unguarded or poorly guarded.

Sources said along with these infiltrators, who may be causing damage from inside, hardcore terrorists also sneak in for subversive activities.

The safe houses maintained by Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) or Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in Nepal often come in handy in housing these terrorists and infiltrators for some time, before they travel to India as tourists.

The route through the Indian border with the Himalayan nation is now preferred by Pakistani handlers as it avoids stricter surveillance maintained for Pakistanis at other gateways. The four existing entry routes are Muzaffarabad-Uri; Chakandabah-Poonch, Wagah border and all airports.

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