JAMMU: In a latest development Indian occupied army after facing with increasing attempts of infiltration by fighters from across the border in Jammu division, the Army today said it was taking all possible steps to foil such intrusion bids.
“There has been an increase in infiltration bids from across the border by terrorist groups during the past several months and most of them have been foiled by our alert troops,” General Officer Commanding, 16 Corps and Security Advisor Lt Gen Rameshwar Roy told reporters at Nagrota, 12 kms from here.
“We will utilise all our resources to thwart these intrusion bids into our territory,” said Lt Gen Roy, who was talking to media after interacting with ‘Ace of Space Riders’, who are on a cycle expedition from Poonch to New Delhi.
Admitting that some groups manage to infiltrate due to the existing topographical condition in the division, Gen Roy said, “We have to put more vigil to ensure that infiltration does not take place.”
Lt Gen Roy, who reviewed the security situation at a core group meeting here the other day, said 227 terrorists have been eliminated during foiling of infiltration bids and encounters by security forces in the division in the last three years.
In reply to a question about the number of militants of different outfits operating in the division, Lt Gen Roy said that it is difficult to establish their exact figure but it could be somewhere between 450 and 500.
About involvement of women in militancy, he said, “We do not have any confirmation about them being active in terrorism but some of them may be working as overground workers.”
On removal of bunkers in some parts of Srinagar, Lt Gen Roy said that the Army operates when a security situation is caused by terrorists who have to be eliminated, but public agitations and protests have a different tone and texture and “we cannot operate in the same way with the protestors”. It is for the government to see whether the bunkers are required or should be removed, he said.=SANA