Infiltration of Pakistan-backed terrorists from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir has been negligible during the first two months of this year. This could happen, according to Colonel DK Kachari, PRO, Northern Command, Ministry of Defense, because of stepped-up vigil by the Indian Army. He said terrorist-related violence in the state was reduced to its lowest in the two months of this year.
Kachari said the Army killed 330 terrorists and apprehended 172 others in counter insurgency operations last year. He said 57 army personnel too were killed in the process. “The terrorist leadership was successfully targeted with a total of 60 middle level leaders being eliminated during the year.
Freedom of action and, therefore, the ability of terrorists to carry out sensational acts of violence have been severely circumscribed, manifesting in lower violence levels,” he added. By strengthening counter infiltration measures during the summer Months, when infiltration is at its peak due to melting of snow at high passes, the assessed successful infiltration last year was 57, as compared to 311 in 2007. He said 43 infiltration bids were eliminated last year.