Published On: Thu, Sep 7th, 2017

Around 475 terrorists waiting at launch pads across LoC: Army commander

Udhampur (J&K): At least 475 terrorists are waiting to sneak into the Indian side as the number of terror camps and launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have gone up.

There have been a large number of infiltration attempts along the LoC in J&K

Disclosing this to media persons, northern Army commander Lt Gen Devraj Anbu said here on Thursday so far as internal situation is concerned, there has been a tremedous improvement as the NIA raids on separatists and the killing of top terrorist leaders by security forces have helped improve security situation in Kashmir.

Lt Gen Anbu said there have been a large number of infiltration attempts along the LoC in J&K this year but “very less” have been successful.

“We cannot tell you the exact number of the terrorists. But the terrorists, who are waiting to cross over to this side (via the LoC from PoK) are nearly 250 in north Kashmir and around 225 in south of Pir Panjal (Jammu region),” Lt Gen Anbu said.

The Army commander was responding to questions from journalists after presenting gallantry and distinguished services medals to 103 army officers and jawans and certificates of appreciation to 31 units apart from 31 civilians at an investiture ceremony at the Northern Command headquarters.

He said the security situation along the LoC and in the hinterland in well under control. “We are firmly in control of the situation along the LoC… (the number of) launching pads and terrorist camps along LoC has increased as compared to the previous years,” said the Lt Gen.

Army commander said no footprint of terrorists has been seen in the Jammu region. “There is no terrorist presence in Jammu region. May be there will one odd such report and that too due to any infiltration. But there is no resident terrorist or presence of foreign terrorist in Jammu region,” he said in reply to a question.

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