Srinagar, February 27: In a report by the Tribune, the Defence sources have revealed that the 350-km-long Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir comprises of a large number of “porous infiltration avenues” that serve as the ‘launch pads’ to the militants from across the border.
In a detailed information, the sources said that there are 40-50 routes from where militants can easily sneak into the Valley even if the line of control is buried deep under the snow.
Though the incidents of infiltration from across the border have reduced a lot in the last few years but now the militants are using these launch pads for weapon trade as well. The Army also claimed that those killed in the recent gunfights at Chowkibal in Kupwara district and Pampore in Pulwama district had “infiltrated recently” through these avenues only.
The infiltration avenues are correlated with launching pads, general areas and the reception area.
According to a defence official, a group of trained militants is put at a launch pad in PoK where they are provided weapons. After doing some probing action for for five to six days along the LoC under the supervision of their guides, they sneak into the Valley. Also, when the Pakistani Army fires at Indian posts, the militants already waiting at the LOC get a chance to cross it as the observation of the Army get affected.
The militants keeps on changing routes for their infiltration from time to time. Some new routes have become active while the old ones have turned dormant.
In the last few years, the frontier Kupwara sector is becoming a key area for militants to sneak into the Valley since a number of infiltration attempts are being made from the area. However, a dip has been recorded in infiltration along the LoC in Baramulla and Bandipora districts. The easiest and shortest infiltration route to the Valley is through the Keran sector. Following it, another favourite infiltration route in Kupwara is Machil.
The toughest route of infiltration is through the Gurez sector of Bandipora district. There is a route in the Tangdhar sector which was laid inactive for a long time, but since last six years the route has got activated again.