Special Measures to Counter Infiltration Undertaken in J & K
Following increase in the threat of infiltration in combination with cease fire violations in Jammu and Kashmir an upgraded counter infiltration profile has been adopted.
Controlling infiltration post repealing of Article 370 has been a major task for the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir as Pakistan has increased the level of cross border intrusions combined with firing on the Line of Control [LOC].
Reports indicate that 20 main infiltration routes have been identified on the Indo-Pak border and Line of control in Jammu and Kashmir and a multi-tier security cordon has been put into place thus defeating Pak designs.
The first tier of the counter infiltration grid includes the Army and the Border Security Force who are deployed on the LOC or the international border. In addition village defence committees (VDCs) checkpoints and patrolling is also being carried out in the hinterland. Thus suspected movement on the border can be effectively controlled.
Police stations and posts have also been alerted and the civilians in the hinterland have been warned.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had personally instructed the border guarding forces the Army and BSF to ensure a strong anti-infiltration grid along the Pakistani border.
Gulmarg and Boniyar in Baramulla district as well as the Gurez sector in north Kashmir has been seeing tight security.
In the hinterland the routes leading to theto reach southern parts of the state via Yusmarg has also been blocked.
Of late the terrorists are exploiting the Bandipora-Gangbal-Chatergul route, which was dormant over the years.
The main sectors for infiltration are Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Rajouri, Poonch, Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara in districts
Presence of militants have also been noticed in the Goi-Kahuta-Chirat belt, Kotli-Sensa belt, Mirpur-Bindi, Samani-Kudiali-Garnum belt and Sailkote-Zafarwala belt as per the Economic Times.
The Government has adopted a multipronged approach to check infiltration by patrolling; sharing of intelligence and conduct of joint operations; erection of border fencing; installation of border floodlights; use of water crafts/boats and floating Border Out Posts (BOPs) for domination of riverine area of the border; liaison with police, intelligence agencies, local government agencies; laying nakas; establishment of observation posts and using surveillance equipments like Night Vision Devices (NVDs); Hand Held Thermal Imagers (HHTIs); Long Range Recce Observation Systems (LORROS), etc for effective technical surveillance.