J&K is past stage of uneasy calm: Army Corps Commander

B S Raju

Srinagar: Indian Army’s commander in Kashmir Lieutenant General B S Raju has said infiltration along the Line of Control with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir has reduced substantially.

He said that the region is past that stage of uneasy calm. “We have been able to stop infiltration substantially due to a combination of a lot of efforts that is being put in by the ground force, including additional personnel, additional technology along the LoC and drones to monitor movement,” he added.

He however said there is no desire on the part of Pakistan to stop infiltration and cited intercepts of infiltrators saying that they are unable to go but still being pushed to do so.

Talking about combating militancy, Raju said: “We have been able to keep the violence level at a threshold…where normal people can continue to do their job… (We) have been able to keep the terrorist numbers also under a fair amount of control.”

Raju further said today, north and south Kashmir put together, has over 200 militants at any given point of time, “which was like 260 in the beginning of the year”. He attributed this dip to the close synergy between all the security agencies.

 

NT Bureau