Army foils infiltration bid along LoC

Alert troops drive away well-armed militants

The army on Friday foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu region.

An army official told Deccan Herald that a group of heavily armed militants tried to intrude through Trikundi forests in Balakote sector along the LoC around 2 am on Friday under the cover of Pakistan army firing. “Our alert troops of 6 Rajputna Rifles challenged them. When the terrorists were fired upon, they fled towards Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir side,” he said.
The army official claimed that it was a group of 10-12 militants and they were well-armed. “No casualties have been reported on our side,” he added

Sources said the firing between the two sides continued till 4 am, adding a search operation was later carried out in the area. “However, it was later called off,” they said.

“Troops were maintaining high alert on the LoC following reports that there could be more infiltration attempts in the coming days in twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch,” they added.

Army maintains that the ceasefire violations and firing by Pakistan troops were aimed at helping militants infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir from the “launching pads” along the LoC where they are waiting to crossover.

In 2013, at least 12 Indian troopers were killed and more than three dozen injured in the highest number of ceasefire violations of 149 and firing by Pakistan troops on forward post, civilian areas and patrolling parties along the LoC and international border in Jammu and Kashmir.

Following a large number of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops on the LoC last year, the DGMOs of the two countries had met at Wagah near Amritsar after 14 years on December 24, 2013. In their meeting, the DGMOs had agreed to maintain 2003 ceasefire agreement under which no side would open firing on the LoC as well as the international border.

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