UDHAMPUR: Asserting that there is rise in number of terrorists related activities and training camps operating across the border post Surgical strike, Northern Command Army Commander Lt Gen Devraj Anbu today said that 475 terrorists are waiting to sneak into the Indian Territory from the Line of Control.
”There is rise in the number of terrorists at the launching pads and terrorist training camps on other side of the Line of Control post Surgical strike,” Lt Gen Anbu here told reporters after Investiture Ceremony of the Northern Command.
The GOC-in-C said, ”AS many as 475 terrorists are ready to cross and sneak into the Indian side from the LoC.”
”As many as 250 terrorists are active on the other side of LoC opposite North Kashmir while a total 225 are active opposite Pir Panchal area in Jammu region,” said the Army Commander.
Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu region fall in the Pir Panchal belt.
He added that the security forces have an edge and upper hand on terrorists and added, ”In the last one year period, 144 terrorists have been eliminated by the security forces including the top commanders of many terrorist outfits.”
The GOC-in-C said, ”Terror infrastructure across border is very much intact… Infact terror camps and launching pads have increased across the Line of Control but we (Army) have a mechanism in place. We have been successfully able to foil all infiltration attempts in the recent past.”
Appreciating the ongoing NIA raids in the Kashmir Valley over terror funding, Lt Gen Anbu said, ”The raids have choked terror funds from Pakistan and also declined the incidents of stone-pelting in the Valley.”
”Large impact of NIA raids has been seen on streets in the Kashmir valley as stone-pelting incidents have come down,” he added and said that there was a need to engage youth in the Valley, channelise their energies positively and provide them employment.
”By carrying out Sadbhavana Operation, Army is providing various helps to the people besides coaching and education to the youngsters,” he asserted.
On separatists’ unleashed propaganda against Armed Forces, the Army Commander said, ”After separatists were arrested by the NIA, hardly any protest was seen. Nobody came out and took to streets and that itself speaks about the impact.”
On the prevailing India-China issue in Ladakh, the General said, ”There is no major issue with China in Eastern Ladakh. Difference of perceptions regarding Line of Actual Control happened following which ‘Face-Off” took place but required mechanism is in place.”