International border not breached, plan guided from Rajauri
The Border Security Force (BSF) has ruled out any breach of the international border by the three members of a suicide squad that killed 12 people in twin attacks on September 26, and said the act was staged and guided from the Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.india Updated: Dec 07, 2013 19:06 IST
The Border Security Force (BSF) has ruled out any breach of the international border by the three members of a suicide squad that killed 12 people in twin attacks on September 26, and said the act was staged and guided from the Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.
"There was no breach of the international border or fencing by militants involved in the twin attacks on September 26... The director general (BSF) has come to know that they have not crossed the border, but came here from Rajouri," deputy inspector general (BSF) Virender Singh told reporters during a media trip to the forward border areas along the international border on Friday.
"They were launched from Rajouri. There they were staying with some Gujjars and engineered the attack... The person who masterminded the attacks was also from Rajouri... His code name was H34... However, he has not been tracked down," he said.
"The DG (BSF) has given a bold statement in this regard... He must have definite clues," he added.
Twelve people, including a Lt colonel, died in militant attacks on the Hiranagar police station and an Army camp in Kathua and Samba districts on September 26.
The BSF was blamed for lax security along the international border in Harya Chak, resulting in the infiltration of the three militants.
Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde ordered a probe into the attack and a committee, under special DG (BSF), was formed to look into it.
"We (BSF) never ruled out the possibility of infiltration along the international border, but there should be telltale signs of crossing. It was only after the investigation that the truth surfaced," Singh added.
"During our investigation, we visited all the places, checked everything thoroughly and found that fences along the international border were intact," he reasoned.
In fact, the on-fence gaps such as the nallahs (40m wide) were impossible for anybody to cross, Singh said, adding that besides six BSF men, thermal imagers and huge barbed-wire-bundles had been placed along the border to check infiltration.
"Well-lit fencing, barbed-wire fencing, flood-lighting backed by sound and other devices, thermal imagers and IR equipment have been installed, besides manual patrolling in 19 sensitive gaps to make infiltration impossible," he said.
First Published: Dec 07, 2013 19:04 IST