Army intensifies vigil along LoC after rocket fire, border skirmishes

Srinagar: Army has beefed up security along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district amid rising tension between India and Pakistan.
Army has strengthened security apparatus at their surveillance posts and other hilly areas along the LoC amid apprehensions that the militants might try to infiltrate taking advantage of the ongoing cross-border firing in the border districts of Kathua and Samba, officials told Kashmir Reader Wednesday.
In Tangdar sector, where two soldiers were burnt alive and two others injured after a rocket fired my militants hit an army barrack leading to forest fire, the army’s 5/5 Grenadiers are maintaining highest level of vigil, the officials said.
“The deployment at the forward posts has been strengthened. Round the clock vigil is being maintained to thwart any attempt of militants to sneak into the Valley,” a senior official said, requesting anonymity.
He said all routes leading from the LoC to other forested areas and habitations are been constantly searched. Areas around the Keran sector are also being sanitized on daily basis.
“Though it is not clear, army believes that some militants might have sneaked into the Valley last week after firing a rocket. The army is taking no chances and are conducting regular searches along the LoC,” the official said, adding “Patrolling has also been intensified around the Lolab forests since it connects Keran and Tangdar sectors.”
When contacted, army’s Srinagar-based spokesman Col N N Joshi said the “soldiers were fully prepared to meet any eventuality at the LoC, which is being well guarded.”
“The LoC is totally peaceful. There is no possibility that the militants will infiltrate,” Joshi said, adding “We do remodify deployments as and when required. This is a normal process that keeps going on.”
Last week, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, chief of the 15 Corps said that “around 160 to 170 militants were waiting to infiltrate into the Valley.”
“This year there has not been much snow so far as there was the previous year. There has been 12 to 19 inch snow at some places but temperatures are down and there are separate and new challenges because of that and we have to face them and respond to them,” he had said.