SRINAGAR: A top official of the Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday said that 25 to 30 militants have infiltrated into Kashmir Valley since the unrest began following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen’s top commander Burhan Wani. He said around 200 militants were waiting in Pakistan-administered Kashmir to infiltrate into Valley.
Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of a function here Inspector General of BSF Vikash Chandra said that the BSF and army were jointly manning the Line of Control (LoC) to stop ingress of militants. However, he conceded that number of infiltration bids has increased this year, especially during the recent unrest.
“Around 25 to 30 militants have sneaked into Kashmir valley during the recent months,” he said pointing towards the massive public uprising in Kashmir that began on July 8 after the government forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen’s iconic commander Burhan Wani and his two associates in an encounter in south Kashmir.
He said Pakistan is trying to escalate the situation by sending in more armed militants into the Valley.
He claimed that around 150-200 militants were waiting for the opportune time to sneak into Kashmir. “These militants are waiting at the launching pads in Pakistan,” he said.
Chandra said that army and BSF are together guarding the borders to frustrate the designs from across the LoC. “Salahuddin (Hizbul Mujahideen chief) and his men have their designs in sending more militants but we are alert to fail their plans,” he said.