Intelligence inputs came late last month that Pakistan is training Border Action Teams (BATs) for strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in Mandi and Mendhar divisions of the Poonch dictrict and the information were shared with the army as well, sources told HT.
"We received intelligence inputs in July that Pakistan is training BATs for a strike across the LoC. A BAT usually consists of Pakistani army regulars and operatives from terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad or Hizbul Mujahideen. The intelligence was shared with the army during the regular intelligence sharing meetings," said a security official requesting anonymity. (READ: Antony's statement not attempt to let off Pakistan: Khurshid)
A patrol of Indian army comprising of one non-commissioned officer and five other ranks was ambushed by a BAT on Tuesday morning close to the LoC at Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch sector resulting in the death of the five soldiers. (VIDEO: Pak violates ceasefire hours after Poonch killings)
According to sources, the Chakan-da-Bagh raid bears the stamp of an operation of the Pakistani army, though operatives from the terror groups may also have participated in the attack. (READ: Bihar honours soldiers killed in LoC ambush)
"It was commando operation deep inside Indian territory. Normally the terror operatives alone do not indulge in such operations unless Pakistani army regulars are not part of the raiding team," said the official. (READ: BJP, SP stall Parliament over killing of Indian soldiers)
Security sources also say that there was a steady increase in the infiltration bids in the area in the last three months. In June there were around 25 infiltration bids and July figures, though still being assessed, are certainly more than June. (READ: India and Pakistan make hotline contact after troop deaths)