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Massive infiltration on the cards: Army

March 28, 2010 16:53 IST

At least four-hundred militants are waiting across the Line of Control (LoC) to sneak into Kashmir, the Army has said.

Talking to media in Srinagar, Brigadier General Staff (BGS) of the 15 Corps, Brigadier Gurmeet Singh said, "Four hundred militants are waiting at launch pads to sneak into the valley."

He said, "This year we have occupied additional counter infiltration positions and repair of border fence has also commenced early."

The BGS said that between 270 and 300 militants were still active in Kashmir valley.

The Army had last week foiled a major infiltration bid in the Keran sector of the LoC and eliminated the complete group comprising of eight militants.

"The area of infiltration is high altitude, with rugged mountains and is snow laden, currently having 12 to 15 feet of snow. Terrorists, as is evident from the recoveries, were heavily armed, well equipped for snow and high altitude area and had the latest communication and navigation equipment, indicative of the support of intelligence and government agencies from across the LoC," Brigadier Gurmeet Singh said.

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar