STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Army Braces for Testing Summer in Kashmir: GoC

General Officer Commanding Lt Gen Gurmit Singh said an increase in infiltration attempts by militants is expected from across the border this year.

Published: 05th May 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th May 2014 08:53 AM   |  A+A-

Army_PTI

The Army is bracing for a warm, hot and challenging summer in Kashmir and is anticipating a rise in infiltration attempts by militants from across the border this year.

“This summer will be warm, hot, and challenging for the Army and other security forces in Kashmir,” General Officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt Gen Gurmit Singh told Express in an exclusive interview.

He said in the first four months of 2014, 30 militants have been killed by security forces.

“Among the dead are 20 foreign militants and 10 locals. 11 belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba, 8 to Hizbul Mujahideen, 7 to Jaish-e-Mohammad and three could not be identified,” he said.

Singh said the figure was much higher than in 2013. “We had killed 38 militants last year in Kashmir, while in the first four months of this year, the figure stands at 30.”

He said security forces were targeting militant leaderships to create a leadership vacuum among militant groups. “Even this year so far, we have killed four top militant commanders and arrested another.”

The GoC said an increase in infiltration attempts by militants is expected from across the border this year.

“Every effort would be made from across the border to push in top commanders to fill the leadership vacuum among the militant groups here,” he said.

Singh said militant infrastructure in Pakistan was intact and militants were ready to be infiltrated from launching pads.

“Now that the snow has started melting, militants may attempt to infiltrate from across the border anytime,” he said, adding that Army men and officers along the LoC are maintaining 24/7 vigil to foil infiltration attempts.

He said counter infiltration grid -- including sophisticated gadgets -- has been activated along the LoC to foil infiltration bids by militants, and vigil on all routes, which are prone to infiltration, has been intensified.

“Besides, border fencing damaged by heavy snowfall in winters is being repaired,” added Singh.

Terming 2014 crucial for Kashmir, the GoC said, “US and NATO forces will be withdrawing from Afghanistan and it is bound to have an impact on the Kashmir situation”.

“We are ready to face any eventuality,” he said, adding that they can’t rule out the possibility of a spillover. 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp