Amid regular firing by Pak troops and spurt in intrusion bids from across the border, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the White Knight Corps Lt Gen KH Singh today said “150 to 200” ultras were waiting at various launch pads on the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) to sneak into the Indian side.
“But, let me assure you that our counter-infiltration grid is firmly in place and I can say with a lot of confidence that our troops are giving them a befitting reply and the troops would continue to do so. Our troops are highly motivated and any nefarious design of the enemy or the militants will be defeated squarely,” Lieutenant General Singh said after paying tributes to the fallen heroes on the 15th anniversary of ‘Kargil Diwas’ here.
“Ceasefire violations around this time generally increase because of the undergrowth (wild vegetation in monsoon) and then there is internal situation of Pakistan and coming Assembly elections in the state,” the GOC said.
“But it’s quite normal. Going by the number of ceasefire violations last year, the figures this year are almost the same. A marginal increase of three or four or so could be there,” he said.
“It has been a trend for the ultras to attempt intrusions from July onwards till the onset of winter,” Lieutenant General Singh said, adding that they (ultras) were definitely present in various launch pads to which the Army was fully alive.