Next 4 months crucial, around 300 terrorists ready to infiltrate before winter: Virender Vats

Major General Virender Vats

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): General officer Commanding (GoC) of Baramulla based Army’s 19 infantry division Major General Virender Vats today said that at least 250 to 300 terrorists are ready at the launch pads across Line of Control (LoC) waiting to infiltrate into this side in the coming months.

He also said that a major infiltration bid was foiled this morning at Nowgam sector in Kupwara district in which two terrorists were killed. From their possession Indian and Pakistani currency worth Rs 1.5 lakh was recovered, besides arms and ammunition.

Addressing a press conference at Baramulla, GoC of 19 Infantry division, Major General Vats, said that ever since India announced the August 5 decision, Pakistan is trying hard to push more and more terrorists into the valley. “The move is aimed to instigate the people which they have failed to do for long now,” he said.

He said that launch pads across LoC are fully occupied by terrorists. “As per our guess, some 250 to 300 terrorists are ready to infiltrate. Pakistan only has four months left until the snowfall starts,” the army officer said.

Speaking about today’s operation at Nowgam sector, Major said that two heavily armed terrorists were killed along the LoC in Nowgam sector of Kupwara.

Arms and ammunition recovered from the terrorists today.

“They  were trying to infiltrate in the area by cutting the anti-infiltration fence and were dressed in combat fatigues had taken the route through Pakistani posts in the area, which clearly indicates that Pakistan is pushing terrorists into this side,” the army officer said.

The timely action ensured the killing of two heavily armed militants and in addition to the food and medicines the army has recovered around 1.5 lakh Indian and Pakistani currency. “To rule out the presence of any other terrorist in the area, mopping operation is on,” he said.

He added that the Indian Army remains fully committed to maintain the sanctity of LoC and any suspicious movement will get similar or appropriate response.

Talking about today’s recovery and their possible attempt of carrying out a Fidayeen attack in the valley, Vats said that two AK 47 riffles, 350 rounds including the arms and ammunition and some electronic switches were recovered.

-CHK