Srinagar, Nov 20 — Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory has witnessed a troubling surge in infiltration attempts in recent months, prompting intensified security measures and heightened vigilance by government and security forces, officials revealed today.
Reports indicate that 42 militants have been killed this year alone while attempting to infiltrate the region, illustrating the persistent challenges faced by security personnel in safeguarding the Line of Control (LoC).
The most recent incident occurred on November 15 in the Uri sector, where two unidentified militants were killed during an infiltration attempt, according to police sources.
Highlighting the gravity of the situation, October saw significant activity with security forces neutralizing five militants along the LoC in the Macchil sector of Kupwara district on October 26. Earlier, on October 22, two militants were eliminated in an infiltration attempt in the Uri sector of Baramulla district, showcasing the diverse security threats in the region.
In a similar trend, June witnessed the neutralization of a total of 11 infiltrators, with incidents reported in the Macchil sector and Jumagund area of the Keran sector.
In response to the recent surge, security forces have been directed to intensify vigilance on identified infiltration routes, reassess security protocols, and leverage intelligence inputs. They aim to employ advanced surveillance technologies and conduct regular patrols along vulnerable stretches of the LoC to deter infiltrators and neutralize potential threats swiftly.
As security forces gear up to implement these measures, there’s an urgent call for public cooperation, urging citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities that could jeopardize the peace and security of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) stressed the importance of maintaining heightened vigilance along the International Border and LoC in crucial districts including Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajouri, Poonch, Baramulla, Kupwara, among others.
“With winter approaching, terrorists may attempt infiltration. You need to take measures and beef up the counter-infiltration posture to handle the situation,” emphasized an official within the MHA to the troops.
The Defence Ministry has instructed the Army to remain on high alert, intensifying patrolling efforts in mountainous valleys and riverine areas along the LoC in districts like Kupwara, Baramulla, Poonch, and Rajouri to counter potential infiltrations, according to reliable sources.
A senior Army official emphasized that troops along the LoC are operating at the highest alertness level in response to the increased risk of fresh infiltrations.