Srinagar, October 15: Come November and for at least five months, the army will have to put in an extra bit to prevent infiltration as it expects a steep rise in the attempts before the snow blocks the routes in northern Kashmir’s Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora sectors.
With over, 300 militants active in Kashmir, the army believes 250 are ready at the launch pads to sneak in before December this year and for that extra vigil will be maintained to foil all bids and if militants succeed into infiltrate, they are eliminated before spreading into the hinterland.
A senior army officer told (KNO) that this year, there are credible inputs that militants, may try to infiltrate in large numbers, before snow blocks all the passes. “Our men have been directed to maintain extra alert and to utilise the sophisticated gadgets as part the new technology, round the clock to ensure there is no major infiltration bid,” the officer said. The technology, Army officers say, helps in getting reliable and credible intelligence inputs about possible infiltration.
“Once there is an input, the high-power cameras, thermal-sensing cameras, surveillance radars and the long-range reconnaissance and observatory system (LORROS) are used to detect movement round the clock along the LoC in J&K,” he said. “The gadgets give technical data to soldiers on the ground to carry out target operations against infiltrators. The surveillance technology even works during the bad weather conditions such as haze and fog and even when it is snowing.”
The round-the-clock “Israeli-made hi-tech surveillance grid” along the LoC is the first of its kind in the South Asian region to detect human movement. The GoC of Srinagar-based army’s 15 Corps Lt General AK Bhat recently said that at least 300 militants were active in Kashmir and around 250 were ready to infiltrate. An army source said that the varied range of technology helps in easy detection, identification and recognition of targets with automated aiming and scanning.
“The surveillance grid ensures there is no invisible area along the LoC. The infiltrators also try to minimise their detection by wearing white clothes in snow-clad routes to breach the three-tier LoC fencing,” he said. (KNO)