New Delhi: Security forces have tracked down possible infiltration routes of terrorists in Kashmir. However, intelligence inputs indicated that a group of 15 terrorists may have crossed over into the Indian territory.
The inputs come at a time when the Indian Army has stepped up vigil along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of heightened ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
Intelligence inputs indicated that five Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists have been camping at launch pad Kharameru (in Pakistan) since 23 August and may infiltrate into the Indian territory by September via Kharameru to Kazinag to Manabal to Kupwara.
The inputs also suggested that the group could adopt an alternate route to skirt the presence of armed forces, through Narapatra to Kala Pahar to Lachhipura in Baramulla along the Line of Control to set up camp in north Kashmir.
However, forces have upped their ante after further inputs suggested that a group of 15 Afghani terrorists have crossed the Line of Control from the Keran sector through the route Dundiyal to Gugaldhar to Batpora forest to Kupwara.
While security forces have already started combing the region, a senior official who did not wish to be identified said, “Pakistan has repeatedly been shelling our areas – which is essentially cover fire for terrorists. They notice a small gap and come in. Ambushes are laid out at several points to prevent them from entering civilian areas."
The report comes in the wake of crackdown launched by the Jammu and Kashmir police, during which 11 terrorists belonging to the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad were nabbed in separate incidents this week.