With a series of militant attacks threatening the fragile peace in Kashmir, there could be more trouble brewing in the valley in the coming days if more than 200 militants said to be waiting to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir make it through.
General officer Commanding (GoC) of the 16 Corps Lt Gen RR Nimbhorkar told reporters on Monday: “Exact details of the infiltrators cannot be said with surety but with our experience, having known their modus operandi and from inputs of various security agencies, we can put the figure at around 200 plus.”
He said the consolidation of militants at various launching pads was not a new phenomenon and they keep on trying to infiltrate into the Indian side. “Terrorists come to the launch pads, try to infiltrate and get killed. Maybe very few manage to cross over but get killed in the second and third tier of the security grid,” he said, adding that the Army was fully geared and the security grid intact to thwart the nefarious designs of the terrorists. Having gained the experience, our security grid is tight and well geared up to thwart the activity,” said the GoC.
Officials say infiltration has dramatically gone up compared to the previous year with more than 50 terrorists crossing the border in the last five months. Comparatively last year, there was zero infiltration in the first four months.
Since the start of 2016, there has been a sudden upsurge in militant attacks in Kashmir. While 64 militants were killed in security operations in J&K since the beginning of 2016, at least 179 more were still active in the state.
Last month, in the deadliest attack on security force in four years, militants killed 8 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers and injured 22 others in an ambush on a CRPF convoy in Pampore. Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba has claimed responsibility attack.