Army says over 200 militants ready to enter Kashmir

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Srinagar: Over 200 heavily armed militants were waiting across the Line of Control (LoC) to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir, a senior army officer Monday said but asserted that troops are fully geared to thwart their nefarious designs.

“Exact details of the infiltrators cannot be said with surety but with our experience, having known their modus operandi and from inputs of various security agencies, we can put the figure at around 200 plus,” General officer Commanding (GoC) of the 16 corps Lt Gen RR Nimbhorkar said here.

He said the consolidation of militants at various launching pads was not a new phenomenon and they keep on trying to infiltrate into the Indian side.

“Terrorists come to the launch pads, try to infiltrate and get killed. Maybe very few manage to cross over but get killed in the second and third tier of the security grid,” he said, adding that the army was fully geared and the security grid intact to thwart the nefarious designs of the terrorists.

“Having gained the experience, our security grid is tight and well geared up to thwart the activity,” said the GoC.

Replying to a query on the effect on militancy if the government plans to reduce the footprints of security forces in the state, he said addition and reduction of security personnel are done after proper deliberation and discussion and such decisions are not taken overnight.

 

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