Jammu and Kashmir
SRINAGAR, Apr 27: After reports of infiltration of a militant group in the area from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) army has launched a massive operation in North Kashmir’s Kupwara forests
According to the inputs received by army, on April 18 and 19 at least 10 militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) have infiltrated into the forests of Budnambal.
Sources said that for last four days, Army is conducting massive combing operations in the forest area so that these militants don’t come out of the forests and are tackled there only.
Army’s 19-Maratha has launched the operation but so far they have not found any traces of these militants but sources said that the group is still in the area.
Budnambal search operation was later closed by the army today. However, Army’s 28-RR, 18-RR and Special Operations Group (SOG) of Police, Kupwara, has launched another operation against them in Patushai, Kantpora and Shumbreyal forest areas.
This year army had eliminated 32 militants so far with majority of them belonging to the LeT.
The number of the militants on the launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) has increased in recent months said an army report.
Sources said that the number of militants have increased and it has gone up to over 170. These militants are on 12 launch pads that are in PoK near the LoC and the maximum increase has been observed in Neelam valley launch pads.
Due to the less snowfall along the LoC in Kashmir this winter, militants mostly belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), started concentrating on the launch pads near the LoC for infiltration early in February, source said.
Adding that last summer, there were 500 militants waiting for the infiltration on the launch pads and due to successes achieved by the security forces against them they are desperate to infiltrate more militants.
Normally, the infiltration into Kashmir from across the LoC starts in May and last year it started from Mid May. This year, as there was very less snowfall, the first infiltration attempt was made on March 3.
Army has already intensified its vigil along the LoC to prevent any infiltration from across the LoC as there was less snow on the LoC.
Last year, infiltration was down by 50 percent due to strengthening of the counter-infiltration grid along 400 kilometer LoC in Kashmir.
The Multi Agency Centre (MAC) figures of last year put the infiltration figures of 2015 at 35.
According to the MAC, figures, 65 militants infiltrated into Kashmir in 2014, 97 infiltrated in 2013, 121 in 2012, 52 in 2011, 82 in 2010, 99 infiltrated in 2009, 27 infiltrated in 2008.