Infiltration down in Kashmir

Infiltration of terrorists from Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir has come down this year, but renewed infiltration bid in the western sector of Punjab and Rajasthan indicate the situation likely to arise in the future, BSF Director-General A.K. Mitra said here today.

“Attempts to smuggle drugs and some times weapons do come to light in the western sector, but infiltration bid by four suspected fidayeens in the Ratankund area in Amritsar sector in September this year indicate renewed bid by militants to sneak into Punjab and Rajasthan sectors,” Mr Mitra said.

“We have foiled the attempts, but the incidents are indicative of the situation likely to arise in the future…We have changed our strategy. Earlier, the deployment was linear along the fenced border, but now it has been changed,” he said.

“Pakistan had disowned the militants, but this kind of infiltration bids cannot take place without their knowledge,” Mr Mitra said while addressing the annual press conference ahead of BSF’s 41st raising day on December 1.

Stating that Eastern frontier could be the “problem area for India tomorrow”, he said the BSF was planning to deploy more personnel along the Indo-Bangla border as investigation into terrorist attacks in the country had found that militants are “freely using” the porous frontier to enter India.

“Earlier, the focus used to be Kashmir, now it has shifted to the East, which I personally feel is going to be the problem area for tomorrow,” the BSF chief said.

While 8,196 Bangladeshis were nabbed while trying to enter the country this year, a whopping 1.5 lakh Bangladeshis have entered India after obtaining proper visa/permits, but have not returned home and are not to be found, he said. With elections round the corner in Bangladesh, Mr Mitra said BSF troops had been alerted.
Source: Indian Tribune News Service

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