Snow closes mountain passes on LoC
Army Apprehends Infiltration From Routes Which Receive Less Snowfall
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Dec 22: With snow closing the mountain passes on the Line of Control, the Army is apprehending infiltration from those routes which traditionally receive less snowfall.
Uri sector in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, which receives less snowfall than passes in Kupwara, Machil, Gurez and other sectors, is seen as new favorite route of militants to sneak in during the winter.
Well informed sources in Army told Greater Kashmir that normally the infiltration decreases with onset of winter, but due to late winter, militants as in the past will make desperate attempts to infiltrate in the coming few weeks.
“Killing of large number of militants in the hinterland this year has created a vacuum in the militant leadership and their effectiveness. Therefore, there is pressure on the militants to infiltrate”, a senior Army official of Udhampur-based Northern Command said.
He said that most of routes where from militants used to sneak in have got closed due to snowfall. “These routes are mostly in north Kashmir,” he said and added that from last around three weeks, security forces have intensified operations against militants in hinterland in coordination with police.
The senior officer said the soldiers who have to come down due to heavy snow fall on higher reaches during the winter from their posts have not yet started moving from their original position. “At some places at LoC more than 20 feet snow is recorded and it is difficult for soldiers to manage these areas. But at the same time alert soldieries patrol these areas. We did not want to give them any chance to sneak in,” the official said and added that militants will try to infiltrate any time and Army is ready to tackle them.
However, the senior army officers supervising the LoC in Kupwara and Baramulla said there is beefed up vigil despite closing of infiltration routes. "Yes some of the routes have got closed due to snowfall, but the guard will not be lowered," a senior Army official of Kupwara based 28 Infantry Division said and added that now it is very difficult to infiltrate. "Walking on the snow takes more time and it is also easy to detect trail of any one on the snow," he said.
Srinagar based Defence Spokesman, Lt Col JS Brar, told Greater Kashmir that passes have almost got closed due to snow. "They try to infiltrate every year especially just before or after the snowfall so that they can create problems here. But Army is extremely vigilant at the border. We are ready to tackle the situation. We have our surveillance on the fence 24 hours a day and we keep an eye on the LoC under any circumstances," he said.
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