Kupwara, Nov 2: A total of 28 terrorists have been killed along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district in at least ten infiltration attempts in the eight months this year.
The recent bid was on October 30 when an infiltrating terrorist was killed along the LoC in Jumagund area of Keran sector in a joint operation launched.
As per details available a total of ten major infiltration bids foiled in Jammu and Kashmir were majorly in Kupwara district alone resulting in the killing of 28 infiltrating terrorists in different operations in border areas close to the fence.
In a series of counter-infiltration operations launched jointly by Kupwara police and Army following specific inputs about nine infiltration attempts were foiled.
Figures available reveal that on 30 October, 1 infiltrator was killed at Jumagund along the LoC in Keran sector and on 28 October 5, heavily armed and highly trained infiltrators were killed in Machil sector close to the fence.
On 01 October 2 terrorists were killed along the LoC in Machil sector. Two infiltrators were killed along the LoC in Machil sector on September 30. On 6 August, an infiltrating terrorist was killed in Amrohi of Karnah sector. Two terrorists were killed in an infiltration attempt in Machil sector on 19 July. Four terrorists were killed in the Kala Jungle area of Machil sector on June 23.
A major infiltration bid was foiled on 16 June in which 5 infiltrators were killed in a joint operation along the LoC at Jumgund area of Keran sector. On June 24, a total of four terrorists were killed along the LoC in Machil sector.
On May 04 a total of two terrorists were killed along the LoC in Pichnad area of the Machil sector.
In a recent press conference, the GoC of the 28 Infantry Division based in Kupwara Girish Kalia said with the relentless efforts of security forces the security situation has improved paving way for development and tourism. “There are continuous infiltration attempts from the other side of the border. All such attempts have been foiled by security forces,” he had said.
The GoC had also said that 10 attempts were made in the last 8 months which resulted in the killing of 28 terrorists.
On his recent visit aimed at security review, the former Jammu and Kashmir Police Chief Dilbag Singh said that the border areas on the other side of the LoC have a bad record for many reasons. “For a very long time, terrorist training camps and launching pads have been active. About 16 active launching pads are located on the other side of the border in this sector in PoK. Activities to infiltrate more infiltrators, push weapons and narco smuggling is a constant tool from another side of the border,” he had said.
He also had maintained that infiltration attempts would continue from the other side of the border but active vigil and cooperation of joint security forces including intelligence agencies all were timely countered. “Infiltration attempts will happen in the future as well given the onset of snowfall. Infiltrators are pushed before snowfall given the accumulation and challenging conditions,” the former J&K police chief had said.