SRINAGAR: As part of its policy India continue to accuse Pakistan for supporting infiltration along the LOC despite the three-tier border fencing which the Indian army claims has turned into a “death trap” for infiltrating militants.
Brig A Sengupta told an Indian agency the other day that: “It is impossible for infiltrating militants to cross over the three-tiered border fencing along LoC. There is desperation in militant leadership and Pakistani establishment due to failure to cross-over the fencing”.
Commanding the front brigade deployed to guard the LoC in forward sectors, Sengupta said, “There is firing on the fencing at times from across due to desperation caused as a result of failure to push in armed militants this side. They are violating ceasefire, targeting Indian forward posts and resorting to mortar firing”.
Armed with thermal imagers and surveillance equipment, the fencing from Malu (Akhnoor) in Jammu district to Kanzalwan in Kupwara district of Kashmir Valley covering 490 kms of LoC and 190 kms of International Border from Malu to Pathankote in Punjab has become a major hurdle for infiltrating militants.
Contrary to the claims by New Delhi government, Major Gen VP Singh,who is looking after operational control of 220 km long LoC in Rajouri Poonch region said not even a single infiltration has taken place this year in the sector.
The Army feels the border fencing along the Indo-Pak border has virtually turned into a death trap for intruders, he said.
Passing through dense woods, narrow valleys and riverine areas along the LoC and international border, the fence has proved to a major deterrent against cross-border infiltration as it acts as a “round-the-clock” guard, the Army officers said.
“The Army continues to maintain a state of high alert along LoC and work on repairing parts of the fence damaged due to snowfall continues rapidly to make this round-the-clock guard more effective,” they said.
The Army has also mapped new probable routes of infiltration and vigilance was being maintained by soldiers equipped with ground sensors, thermal imagers and battlefield surveillance radars, they said.