Army foils another infiltration bid in Kashmir

The Indian Army on Sunday night foiled an infiltration attempt by a group of militants along the Line of Control (LoC) in border Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

An army official told Deccan Herald that Pakistani troops resorted to an unprovoked firing in Tarkundi sector of the LoC in Poonch late on Sunday night to help an infiltration bid by a group of six to seven heavily armed ultras.

“Alert Indian Army personnel foiled the bid and forced the infiltrators to retreat to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) from where they had been launched,” he said.

Reports said troops, who were maintaining a very high alert on the LoC, conducted search operations in the area with the onset of dawn on Monday but there were no footprints indicating any infiltration of the militants.

Sources said militants were getting desperate to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, which were due later this year.

This year, most of the infiltration attempts on the LoC have been foiled by the army.

Sources said a number of militants were active on launching pads close to the LoC on Pakistan side opposite Poonch and Rajouri awaiting an opportunity to sneak-in but they were unable to get the opportunity.

Intelligence agencies have already warned that the infiltration attempts could go up in the next few months as the Assembly elections draw nearer.

“The army has re-devised its strategy on the LoC following inputs that Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Taliban cadre have also started grouping close to the LoC and could try to infiltrate into the Indian territory ahead of upcoming Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir,” a senior army officer said.

“We have our strategy in place well in advance.

Our troops have been adequately briefed by the commanders on the threat perception of Taliban. Though there seems no immediate threat of Taliban, even if the threat is there, we are well prepared to take care of them,” he added.

It may be mentioned here that first visible sign of Taliban cadre trying to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir was visible early last months when two assault rifles recovered from the slain militants were found carrying words ‘TET’ on them.

The word ‘TET’ is commonly used by Pakistan Taliban to claim responsibility of attacks mostly in Waziristan and other areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the outfit has considerable presence.

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