Govt direct forces to heighten vigilance on infiltration routes

SRINAGAR, NOV 16: In response to escalating security concerns, the government has asked security forces in the Jammu and Kashmir to maintain a heightened state of alert along the Line of Control (LoC) and closely monitor potential infiltrations.

The Border Security Force (BSF), operating under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Indian Armed Forces, managed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), is actively deployed along the Line of Control in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

On Wednesday, security forces successfully thwarted an attempted infiltration by militants along the LoC, resulting in the elimination of two intruders in the Uri sector of Baramulla district.

An official reported that a group of militants, taking advantage of low visibility and adverse weather conditions, was neutralized as they attempted to cross the LoC.

A high-ranking source within the MHA emphasized that troops have been instructed to maintain the highest possible vigilance along the International Border and Line of Control in key districts, including Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajouri, Poonch, Baramulla, Kupwara, and others in the Union Territory.

“With winter approaching, terrorists may attempt infiltration. You need to take measures and beef up the counter-infiltration posture to handle the situation,” the MHA has asked the troops.

In a detailed briefing on the overall security situation along the borders of Jammu and Kashmir and the hinterland, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has directed the Army to remain on high alert.

Senior Army officials were instrumental in providing comprehensive insights during the briefing. Borders have been placed on alert following intelligence reports indicating the presence of a group of infiltrators in proximity to launching pads. 

Meanwhile, the Defence Ministry has instructed the Army to formulate and implement a ‘winter strategy’ for Jammu and Kashmir, considering current and emerging security threats, including infiltration attempts along the LoC.

Simultaneously, the Army and Border Security Forces have escalated patrolling efforts in mountainous valleys and riverine areas along the LoC in districts such as Kupwara, Baramulla, Poonch, and Rajouri to counteract potential infiltration.

A senior Army official highlighted that troops along the LoC are operating at the highest degree of alertness in response to the heightened risk of fresh infiltrations. The government’s proactive measures underscore its commitment to ensuring the security and stability of the region in the face of evolving threats.

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