Jammu, May 19
Over 300 terrorists are present in launch pads across the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), waiting to infiltrate into the Indian side, Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh said on Tuesday.
He said there was a high degree of vigilance by the security grid to foil Pakistan’s design of pushing terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir.
“We have a fairly big number of terrorists who are waiting across that side to be pushed into Jammu and Kashmir. There are already around four incidents of infiltration in Kashmir valley and two to three such attempts have been made in the Rajouri-Poonch area,” said the DGP.
Expressing concern over the situation, the DGP said Pakistan’s ISI, army and other agencies were very active, and trained terrorists were ready in launch pads.
“The approximate number (of terrorists in launch pads along the LoC in PoK) on Kashmir side is 150 to 200 and on this side (Jammu region), it is between 100 and 125 as per the latest assessment of our agencies,” Dilbag Singh revealed.
The police chief said four groups of terrorists had been able to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir. “Regarding the International Border (IB), two to three terrorist groups have been able to infiltrate so far during the current year. That kind of notorious act by Pakistan continues,” he said.
The DGP said there were reports of infiltration by 30 terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir this year.
“On both sides (Jammu and Kashmir regions) put together, the number could be anywhere around 30 this year,” Singh said, adding the number of infiltration attempts has gone up. “That is one serious cause of concern for us.”
The officer said over 240 terrorists were operating in the hinterland in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The number is going down, consistently. We started with a figure of 270 at the beginning of this year. The number today is around 240, which is as per the list of latest figures,” he said.
Singh said the security grid was also taking care of the situation in the hinterland and “we have had a large number of successful operations during the last four months”.
“We have been able to eliminate 70 plus terrorists so far which includes 21 terror commanders of various outfits. They were active in Kashmir and Jammu region,” the DGP added.
On the infiltration attempts, he said, “The summer grid is working actively on both sides. I think we will be watching developments very closely.”
Singh, meanwhile, said the border grid was quite strong.
“People deployed on the borders are able to take care of infiltration. But there are still chances that some of them are able to sneak in with a view to foment trouble here and to promote and create terror activities in J&K,” he added. PTI