Uri attack effect: Army, BSF on alert along India-Pak border

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2016 23:16 IST
BSF men on the border about 35 km from Jammu on Friday. (Nitin Kanotra/HT Photo)

After the Uri army base attack on Sunday that has escalated tension between India and Pakistan, security forces — Border Security Force (BSF) and the army — say they are fully alert all along the 198-km long international border (IB) and 744-km long Line of Control (LoC), to thwart any ‘mischief’ by Islamabad.

The BSF, which has the operational responsibility of the IB, has deployed more men on the sensitive border. Following the attack in Uri that left 18 soldiers dead, Pakistan’s defence minister Khawaja M Asif on the same day had reportedly threatened to use nuclear weapon against India if Pakistan’s security was threatened.

“We have deployed additional battalions on the border and we are fully alert to the situation,” said BSF’s Jammu frontier inspector general DK Upadhaya. He, however, ruled out any ‘abnormal’ activity on other side of the border by Pakistan.

“Going by the visible observation, there is no abnormal activity on their side as such but there have been movement of their commanders in the past few days. But, as of now there is no ‘build-up’ on Pakistani side,” said the IG.

However, an Intelligence source said there has been marginal increase of soldiers of Pakistan Army in the posts of Rangers. Pak Rangers guard their side of the international border and Pakistani Army is the second line of defence there.

“One to two soldiers from Pakistan Army are being observed in their posts,” he added. “Besides this, there are two to three groups of suspected ultras, who have been seen opposite the Hiranagar sub-sector and in the Akhnoor sector in the past few days. They may attempt intrusion to enter our territory and then stage attacks,” he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, two days after the Uri attack, Western Army Commander Lt Gen Surinder Singh had visited border areas of Jammu, Samba and Kathua and emphasised on the need to ensure high degree of alertness.

He had reviewed the deployment in the entire region and appreciated efforts being made by all the security agencies to enhance the levels of preparedness.

International Border from Paharpur in Kathua to Chicken Neck area of Akhnoor falls under Western Command headquartered at Chandi Mandir.

Even as Pakistan Army has been covertly ‘active’ on their side of the IB, Indian Army has upped security on the LoC. “Army has been on a high alert. We are keeping an eye on the adversary and the borders are being guarded strictly,” said an army officer.

At least three brigades have already been moved in the state to assist the state government in restoring normalcy and at the same time to beef up the LoC.

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