Jammu: The Indian Army has tightened its multi-layered anti-terror grid along the Line of Control (LoC) to check infiltration bid. According to information received by the intelligence agencies, there are at least 200 terrorists who are waiting to infiltrate into the Indian soil.
Therefore, arrangements have been put in place with the two-pronged strategy of thwarting the infiltration bid and elimination of terrorists, who have already entered Jammu and Kashmir.
According the top Army sources, one will see increased counter-terror operations soon. Special focus is being given on the second-tier, which is known as reception area in the three-tiered counter-terror grid.
Along with the Army, paramilitary forces and state police are also part of the grid which expands from LoC to the hinterland areas of the state.
The LoC is the first point of contact to challenge and check infiltration. But, the limitation of terrain and operational constraints makes security forces’ job difficult at the line of control. Therefore, the second-tier becomes most important for the security forces as these are the areas where terrorists get local support.
The reception area is the zone where over ground workers (OGW) of militant groups are hiding and it is from this area that the terrorists get money, weapons and exchange plans.
In case of terror attacks targeting military garrisons of Uri, Nagrota and Panzgam, it was evident that foreign terrorists executed their plans with the help of OGWs.
Sources confirm that in the recent months, the number of OGW has increased, which is a matter of concern for the Army. To meet this challenge, the Army has not only increased physical deployment in the reception area but also ensured enhanced capacity of electronic surveillance means to check OGWs.
Lolab Valley, Rajwar forest (Hafruda), Bandipora, Kazikund (Handwara), Rafiabad, Naugam have been identified as reception areas. Besides these, Kulgam, Anantnag, Pulwam, Keran, Tangdhar, Rajouri, Naushera and Poonch have been categorised as sensitive. To check the activities of OGWs, the Army and security forces have deployed multi-means surveillance mechanisms.
An Intel report suggests that the ratio of foreign terrorists has risen in the Valley in the recent months. The youth get incentives for activities such as weapon snatching and grenade hurling. A youth gets Rs 5,000 for snatching a weapon from security personnel, while for hurling a grenade, they are paid Rs 1,000. OGW also handles youth involved in stone pelting. Presently, the leader of stone pelting crowd get Rs 5,000 and stone pelters get an amount ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 500, revealed sources