Following an increase in the surveillance at the Line of Control (LoC), now the infiltrators have turned their focus on the International Border in Jammu region.
Three unsuccessful attempts of infiltration that were foiled during a fortnight on the Indo-Pak International Border proved that the intruders have chosen IB in the Jammu sector for infiltration bids.
Border Security Force (BSF) Jammu, Additional DIG (G), KS Chauhan told Hindustan Times that they have information that a big group of around 40 terrorists are waiting at other side of the IB to cross over to Indian Territory particularly from the Border Out Posts (BOP) in Jammu sector.
"We already have information regarding the attempts of infiltration from the other side around Republic Day and we were prepared to counter them and we have done our job well," the Additional DIG said.
Replying to a query, Chauhan said that the infiltrators might have changed their focus from LoC to IB, but they have better arrangements to counter the same.
Asking whether these attempts were a challenge for BSF, Chauhan replied, "We have accepted it and already foiled three consecutive infiltration bids at BOPs' of Matkola and Alfa Machal in Jammu sector in less than 15 days."
Earlier, on early January 15 morning, a group of three to four suspected terrorists tried to infiltrate from Alfa Machal post by cutting the fencing, but the bid was foiled and the intruders returned.
Later, a group of infiltrators at Matkola BOP on January 17, supported by Pakistani Rangers opened fire on the Indian BSF patrolling party. This resulted in severe injuries to a sub-inspector and a constable of BSF's 26 Battalion. This incident was also the breach of three-year-old ceasefire between India and Pakistan that came into effect from November 26, 2003.
Recently, on the eve of Republic Day on January 25, a group of infiltrators followed an aged person suspected as pathfinder, trying to cross over, but failed after troops of BSF's 141 Battalion at Alfa Machal post killed the suspected guide of intruders.
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