Govt demolishes posts aiding Pak-based militants

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New Delhi: Hundreds of structures constructed along the India-Pakistan border to illuminate the forward areas to check infiltration have turned into watch posts for the militants to monitor movement of Indian troops, prompting the government to order their demolition.

The Border Security Force had constructed 186-km border bund along the international border in Jammu and Kashmir in early 2000s to safeguard its workforce, engaged in construction of fencing and flood lighting, against small arms firing from Pakistan side.

A total of 176.04 km Border Fencing Lights (BFL) were installed to illuminate the international border and the work was completed in March 2006.

Later, in a bizarre tell of tale, it was found that the bund was used by anti-national elements and militants at night to observe or target troops, forcing the government to order the demolition of bund.

"So far, 116 km of bund has been demolished," a Home Ministry official said.

According to officials, at least 85 infiltration bids have taken place along the border in Jammu and Kashmir till November.

A total of 235 Pakistan-based terrorists attempted to infiltrate this year, but only 52 could succeed.

In the past three years, 261 Pakistan-based terrorists managed to infiltrate through the LoC while security forces thwarted infiltration attempts of 948 militants.

Altogether, 261 terrorist managed to infiltrate out of the 1209 who attempted in last three years.

Besides, Intelligence reports also suggested that around 2,500 terrorists are active in training camps and launching pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and some other areas in Pakistan and all of them were primarily trained to infiltrate into India.

As per available inputs of central intelligence and security agencies, Pakistan has taken no steps to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure in the territory under its control.

"This infrastructure continues to be sponsored by ISI to recruit, train, finance, arm and infiltrate terrorists into India," the official said. Also, there has been an increase in incidents of ceasefire violation along the Line of Control.

At least 30 incidents of ceasefire violation have been reported along the LoC till October. There were 77 ceasefire violation in 2008 which came down to 28 in 2009 but further increased to 44 in 2010.

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