‘Snow-clad mountain passes may lead to more infiltration bids’

‘Snow-clad mountain passes may lead to more infiltration bids’
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Rajouri, Nov 12: Hinterland security grid in Rajouri and Poonch districts has been strengthened further in wake of fresh snowfall at upper reaches, amid apprehensions of rise in infiltration attempts from across the Line of Control (LoC).

Official sources said that the infiltration attempts would witness a spike as fresh snowfall at upper reaches in Rajouri and Poonch had closed most of the mountain passes.

“The period between October-November is always considered sensitddddddddive in terms of hinterland security for Rajouri and Poonch districts. As this is the time when the mountain passes get closed due to snowfall resulting into a situation wherein ‘freshly-infiltrated’ militant groups spend more time in Pir Panchal region,” they maintained.

“The trends suggest that attempts of infiltration increase in these months and the militant outfits try for maximum infiltration before complete closure of mountain passes,” said official sources.

They added that a security alert vis-a-vis developments on the Line of Control in view of snowfall was already issued while hinterland security was further being beefed up.

“In case of any fresh infiltration attempt these days, the infiltrating militants will spend more time in Rajouri and Poonch as the majority of mountain passes are closed due to snowfall and only a few passes are open for movement,” said official sources.

“Thus in order to check their presence and successfully track such militant groups, hinterland security has been strengthened,” they added.

“Area domination, precautionary searches, strengthening the field information network are among several other measures taken to strengthen hinterland security,” said official sources.

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