Amidst troop build up, Intel detects presence of 300 militants along Indo-Pak border


Asiannewshub Bureau

Srinagar, August 03 : With additional troops being deployed in Jammu and Kashmir, intelligence reports have picked up information about a huge build up of militants along the India-Pakistan border.

It may be recalled that before, Imran Khan had left for the United States, all these militants had been pushed back. However Intelligence Bureau officials say that there has been a huge build up of militants in the past couple of days.

Pakistan had violated the cease fire last week in a bid to push these terrorists into the Valley. The IB report speaks about at least 300 militants at the border, who are waiting to infiltrate into the Valley.

While around 250 have been stationed at the launch pads, the rest are awaiting orders to infiltrate.

Indian security forces said on Friday that they had recovered a Pakistan made mine and a huge cache of arms along the Amarnath Yatra route.

Searches were launched along the pilgrimage route after specific intelligence that Pakistan-based militants might target the Yatra using improvised explosive devices and attack pilgrims, Lt Gen Sarabjit Singh Dhillon said in a joint briefing by security forces here.

The forces launched a massive operation along the Amarnath Yatra route, during which a huge a cache of arms was recovered and it included a mine with a Pakistan Ordnance Factory stamp and an American sniper rifle M-24, he said.

Dhillon refused to give the exact location from where the recovery was made as the search operation was still going on.

He said the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Jammu and Kashmir is more “pronounced” in the hinterland even as the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) remains “largely peaceful”.

Regular infiltration attempts are being made by Pakistan-based militants but the Army is thwarting their bids at the LoC, he said.

On the reports of additional troops being sent to the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh said security personnel were on regular duty during the year because of elections, among others, with no time to relax.

He said there were also “fresh inputs of increase in violence by militants” which made it necessary to “strengthen the counter intelligence grid” on the ground.

Refusing to give the exact number of additional troops being sent to the Valley, Singh said they will give on-ground troops some time to relax and strengthen the security system.

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