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"Slight" increase in infiltration: Army
July 27, 2006 17:25 IST
Admitting that there is a "slight" increase in level of infiltration through LoC in Jammu and Kashmir resulting in heightening of violence, the army said Thursday attempts have been made from across the border to "keep the pot of militancy boiling" in the state.
"There is a slight increase in the level of infiltration. There are attempts from across the border to keep the pot of militancy boiling in Jammu and Kashmir," General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command Lt General Deepak Kapoor told reporters on the sidelines of Ladakh Ekta Utsav coinciding with the Vijay Dewas celebration making victory in the Kargil war seven years ago.
He said the infiltration has been increased in April, May and June as compared to first few months of the year. "Compared to last year the level is not too high".
Asked about effects of border fencing, thermal imagers and ground censors, the GOC said these have proved very successful to stop infiltration and bring down the level of infiltration as compared to previous year when there was no fencing and thermal imagers.
"As compared to 2001-2002 when there was no border fencing and thermal imagers, there is huge decrease in the level of infiltration in 2003, 2004 and 2005 after border fencing along the LoC," General Kapoor said.
He said that the increased level of infiltration during past few months have risen the level of violence in Kashmir valley where militants choose to hit soft targets like tourists and innocent people. Regarding demilitarisation of the Siachen Glacier, he said everyone would like to have peace but Indian troops had given blood to safeguard every inch of the glacier.