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Lights on fence at Anganpathri post not working

Amir Karim Tantray, Hindustan Times  Anganpathri LoC, August 11, 2009
First Published: 20:59 IST(11/8/2009) | Last Updated: 23:18 IST(11/8/2009)
As the infiltration attempts at the Line of Control (LoC) is on rise but the lights at the Anganpathri post situated at a http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/images/done_LOC-Anganpathri-3.jpgheight of 11,500 feet above sea level are not in working condition.
 
Although there has been not a single attempt of infiltration from militants through the Anganpathri post so far which earlier used to be the main route of infiltration for militants but things can't be taken for granted and this time of the year is considered to be the most favourable time for infiltration.
 
In the absence of lights, army personnel have only to rely on the various surveillance devices and on moonlight. Weather at the LoC during this time of the year gets unpredictable with rains and fog all around and due to which the visibility gets very low. At that time, the lights on the fence helps the army to make vigil along the fence but these lights are not in working condition which might facilitate the militants to infiltrate without much retaliation.
 
Irony is that the army on the Anaganpathri post has got only two search lights which could help them to make vigil on the fence but out of these two search lights only one is in working condition. The wiring of http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/images/done_LOC-Anganpathri-2.jpgone working search light was partly damaged and army personnel had to use both hands to make the use of search light.
 
The statements of the top two army officials of PVC Maha Regiment, which is guarding the LoC from Soujiyan base to Anaganpathri post, are contradictory and are not clear how they will cope up.
 
Maha Regiment's Commanding Officer Colonel Neeraj Soni said, "From past two days the lights on the fence around LoC are not in working conditions but we are trying our best to get them repaired as fast as we can. We hope in another two to three days the lights will be in working conditions."
 
When asked how the lights got damaged, Colonel replied, "Due to the heavy snow fall in the area in the winter these lights got damaged but were brought back to working conditions. At present some of these lights developed some sort http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/images/done_LOC-Anganpathri-1.jpgof fault but now we are on the job to bring them back in working conditions."
 
But on the other hand one of the subordinate of Colonel, company commander Anganpathri post Major Rahul Slathia contradicts the views of his Colonel. Major Slathia believes, "All the lights on the fence is in working conditions but have been switched off, which is the tactical affair. It is the part of our strategy to switch off the lights on the fence for time to time to allow militants come closer so that we could hit them or capture them alive. At night around 2 am we switch on the lights and they continue to remain on for hours."
 
This statement of Major that lights were switched on around 2 am is far from reality as the reporter was moving around the post from 2 am to 3 am but no lights were switched on and colonel also said that lights were not in working conditions.
 
Colonel Soni further said, "Till the time the lights will be repaired we are using various surveillance devices to make vigil on the fence and we are also taking help of moonlight."
 
But the colonel forgot that weather changes in every hour at 11500 feet altitude and during rain and foggy atmosphere moonlight is of no use.
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