Army deploys more troops along LoC
In a bid to check infiltration along the Indo-Pak border in summer months, army deploys additional troops.cricket Updated: Apr 09, 2008 17:30 IST
In a bid to check infiltration along the Indo-Pak border in summer months, Army has moved units from the counter-insurgency grid to areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
"We have deployed additional troops along the border- line with Pakistan in order to stop cross-border infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir," General Officer Commander (GOC), 16 corps, Lt Gen R K Karwal told reporters here Wednesday.
As the snow melts away during summer, the attempts of infiltration go up along LoC, he said, adding in order to achieve zero-infiltration results, additional army units have been deployed along the border for the purpose.
These units have been taken in from some counter-insurgency areas and deployed recently along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch sector, Lt Gen Karwal added.
He further said that the heavy snowfall recently caused damage to the fencing along the LoC. Apprehension of the infiltration had increased, and in order to stop them, extra troops have been deployed on the border line.
Lt. Gen. Karwal said that once infiltration is contained these army units will be back and join their counter-insurgency areas for the anti-terror operation.
"Summers are always hot for infiltration and as of now the infiltration is near to zero level," he informed.
The 16 corps has had remarkable success in counter infiltration and counter terrorist operations in 2007 and 2008, he said, claiming that the formation has succeeded in maintaining a near zero infiltration rate.
According to him, as many as 12 infiltration attempts were foiled in 2007 resulting in the killing of 14 terrorists.
While in 2008, two attempts have been made till now in which five terrorists were killed, he added.