SRINAGAR: The Indian Army is moving additional 5,000 troops to the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan “in view of the expected infiltration, Etalaat reported. The additional deployment, according to highly placed sources, is being made in Tanghdar, Keran, Machil and Gurez sectors along the LoC in north Kashmir’s Kupwara and Bandipora districts. “With additional deployment of troops, more units of Army’s counterinsurgency force, Rashtriya Rifles, are also expected to move close to the LoC to increase the number to nearly 30,000,” the sources said.
They said the additional troops are a part of the reserve force of Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps, and will move to the strike brigades of 28 Division on the thrust sectors along the LoC. “Infiltration is presently a cause of worry not only for the Army but the government machinery also felt the jitters of the recent encounter in Samba district of Jammu region. Importantly, elections are approaching in the state during which militants will try to cause disturbance. Army wants to keep the militants at bay,” the sources told Etalaat.
The Army was caught off guard when militants managed to infiltrate through Samba sector at International Border and struck at will. Hundreds of BSF troopers had been taken off from the borders after the setting in of winter last year. After the Samba episode, sources said that not only has the Army moved towards LoC in what is described as “anti-infiltration grid,” but the BSF has also deployed additional 1000 troops at the IB in the Samba sector “with a constant watch on the situation.”
Army spokesman Col A K Mathur told Etalaat the movement of troops towards the LoC “is part of normal trooper activity in summers.” “In summer, troops are moved towards the LoC as part of anti-infiltration grid,” he said. “As there are always less apprehensions of infiltration in winters some troops are moved back.”-SANA