Army gears up for upcoming LA polls

Greater Kashmir

‘Won’t allow anyone to disrupt election process’

Srinagar, Oct 19: A day after Election Commission of India (ECI) hinted at holding the forthcoming assembly polls on time in Jammu and Kashmir, Army on Sunday said that it has already started sanitizing the “sensitive areas” and won’t allow anyone to disrupt the election process.
“Army will ensure that assembly polls are held in safe and peaceful environment,” a senior Army official told Greater Kashmir.
 He said that during the Lok Saba polls Army had carried out the threat assessment. “On the basis of threat perception management we deployed forces to ensure incident free polls,” he said adding that same exercise would be repeated.
The senior Army officer said that in view of elections, the focus of force would be on infiltration, speeding up of anti-militancy operations, more people to people contact and more area domination. “In view of polling more and more militants will try to infiltrate to create disturbance in polls. Our attempt would be to stop any such activity,” the officer said adding that Army is having strong anti-infiltration Grid. “Soldiers are alert round the clock to foil any such attempt and are ready to take on any challenge on the infiltration front. There will be no lowering of the guard along the LoC till the passes close,” he said.
The officer said anti-militancy operation in hinterland would also be intensified. “But if polls are announced anti-militancy operations would be of defensive nature,” he said.
The senior Army officer said that area domination would naturally result in safe and secure environment “Round the clock patrolling, dominations of areas where poll activity takes place will be carried out,” he said adding that Army will secure main roads so that there is no problem in ferrying the election related staff and material.