Security forces say infiltration on rise in J&K
A report by the Unified Command says infiltration has increased in the Valley with militants entering the state by cutting the barbed wire fencing at several places.delhi Updated: May 23, 2007 17:41 IST
Amidst a call by the Congress' alliance partner, PDP for reducing troops in Jammu and Kashmir, the security forces have expressed concern at an increase in infiltration by militants.
A report of the Unified Command, which has been shared with the Centre, highlighted the fact that infiltration has increased with militants entering the state by cutting the barbed wire fencing at several places, official sources said.
The Centre, while announcing the formation of a committee headed by Defence Secretary Shekhar Dutt to study the PDP's demand, had made it clear that it would go by professional advice from the army on the issue of relocating and reconfiguring troops in Kashmir.
The Unified Command, chaired by Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, met in Srinagar earlier this week and analysed the growing trend of infiltration from across the Line of Control and recent assassination bids on politicians including the chief minister himself.
The meeting also discussed the Non-Initiation of Combat Operations, started by the Centre in 2000 against militant groups, and participants were of the view that terrorists had used this to re-group and strengthen. Militants replied to this move by the Centre with an attack on the state assembly and later by an attack on Parliament, they said.
While remaining non-committal over relocating and reconfiguring troops, the report called for utmost vigil in Kashmir amid apprehensions that militants were planning to strike in a big way, the sources said.
First Published: May 23, 2007 17:38 IST