Hundreds of Terrorists are Preparing to Infiltrate Into India

NEW DELHI, (BM) – Around 500 terrorists are prepared to infiltrate into India, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Mondaym learned, quoting The Econimic Time.

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Officials added that about 60 terrorists have infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir since the past two months and intelligence inputs point to massive infiltration attempts in the next few days.

Officials added that the presence of 500 terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC) is the highest figure in the last three years. They also said that while there is an alert in view of the upcoming festive season, there is a perceived threat that Pakistan based terrorist organisations could plan a major attack in India between the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week and the Financial Action Task Force review of Pakistan in October or it could happen after these two events.

The Army Chief while speaking to reporters at Chennai’s Officers Training Academy said that the number of infiltrators keeps fluctuating based on the weather pattern. “I would say yes there are at least 500 people who are waiting to infiltrate and that is the minimum number,” he said.

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Officials explained that these 500 terrorists are present in the overall terrorist infrastructure across the LoC, including at the training camps and 16 odd launch pads. “There are about 250 to 270 terrorists at the launch pads, waiting to cross over,” an official said.

Rawat said that the Balakot terrorist camp has recently been reactivated by Pakistan. On February 26, India carried out air strikes on this Jaish-e-Mohammed facility, following the Pulwama terrorist attack which killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel. He said that the Balakot camp was destroyed by the cross border strike and “that is why people have got away from there and now it has been reactivated,”.

When asked whether a repeat strike could take place, he replied, “Why must you expect a repeat of a similar thing. Earlier we did something, then we did Balakot, why must we repeat…why not keep the other side guessing on what we will do; why tell him what we are going to do.”

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Officials explained that the Balakot strikes, the alertness along the borders with India and international visibility on J&K has reduced the timeline of terrorists for infiltrating into India. This is also a reason for the build-up of 500 terrorists. “What they had to do in a year, now they will have to do in about two months,” an official explained.

However, allaying fears, officials explained the counter-infiltration and counter-terrorism grids which are in place will ensure that most infiltration attempts are unsuccessful. They added that while the Intelligence Bureau assessments point to 60 terrorists having infiltrated through the LoC and International Border since around August 5 when Article 370 was abrogated, figures with the army point to about 12 infiltrations during this period.

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“There are also very strong inputs that infiltration attempts will take place in the next three to four days, especially through the Keran and Uri sectors,” an official said.

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Source: The Economic Time