'J&K infiltration close to zero'
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'J&K infiltration close to zero'

A senior Army officer said that infiltration levels in J&K have been brought down.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 19:48 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

A senior Army officer said on Wednesday that infiltration levels in Jammu and Kashmir have been brought down and are close to zero, though not exactly zero.

He said that the threat has now spread elsewhere as Pakistani-backed intruders are now also coming in via Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Due to heightened vigil along the 742 kilometre-long Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan, 400 kilometre of which has been fenced, infiltration has been checked to a great extent, but it is not over, said Lt Gen Deepak Kapur, head of the Army's Northern Command responsible for guarding Kashmir.

"There is a 24-hour vigil being maintained on the LoC and the international border. This has blunted the edge of the infiltration from across," Kapur maintained.

At the same time, the focus has shifted to Bangladesh and Myanmar, from where infiltrators are coming in via West Bengal and the northeastern states, he added.

The Centre has already voiced its concern to Dhaka over the presence of the militant training camps in Bangladesh and has asked them to be dismantled.

Kapur expressed satisfaction over the overall security situation in Kashmir.

The rise in surrenders and the atmosphere of peace prevailing in the state, once known for the daily count of body bags and rattle of gunfire, is now attracting hordes of tourists and pilgrims.

More than a million tourists visited Kashmir, while over six million pilgrims trekked to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine last year - indicators that the situation in the state was improving.

First Published: Jan 25, 2006 15:08 IST