Around 135 terrorists from across the border trying to infiltrate into Kashmir: Singh

Srinagar, Jan 24 (PTI) Around 135 terrorists are sitting across the border ready to infiltrate into India, Inspector General of Border Security Force (BSF) Kashmir Frontier Raja Babu Singh said on Monday.

He, however, said the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) was “peaceful”. He said the number of incidents of infiltration attempt was less in 2021 as compared to previous years.

“Overall the situation along the LoC is peaceful,” a BSF official told reporters here. There is peace along the Line of Control on the Kashmir border since the signing of the ceasefire agreement.

Giving details of the incidents of infiltration attempt, he said that in 2021, 58 such incidents were reported in which five terrorists were killed, 21 fled and one surrendered.

“There are reports that there have been 31 infiltration incidents in 2021, 130 in 2019 and 36 in 2020,” the Inspector General (IG) said.

He said that during 2021, the BSF seized three AK-47 rifles, six pistols, 1,071 rounds of ammunition, 20 grenades, two IEDs and 17.3 kg of heroin in various incidents.

He said there are reports that “104 to 135 terrorists” are present at various launch pads across the Line of Control and are trying to infiltrate. He said, “There are also reports that some guides have left here and crossed the LoC and reached that side. So, we need to keep an eye on them when they return. There is a need to keep an eye on their families.

Singh said that there is a lot of coordination between the Army and the BSF. “The more we keep surveillance in the area, the more difficult it will be for them to infiltrate. We are making every effort so that there is no infiltration.

Asked about the Taliban threat, he said there is “nothing so far” from the Taliban, but we are monitoring developments.

Responding to a question about the possibility of weapons being brought into Kashmir from Afghanistan, he said, “There is no concrete information in this regard so far, but we are keeping an eye on it.” We are keeping a close watch.”

On the issue of drones, he said the threat of drones is “very real”. “Last year also, drones were sighted, but none were found inside our area,” he said.

“This year, we are taking adequate measures, adopting anti-drone techniques and we will deal with it very effectively,” he said.

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