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Mobile signals from PoK causing concern

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RAJOURI (JAMMU), MAY 12. Security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir are concerned over mobile signals detected inside Indian territory along the Line of Control. These signals are transmitted from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Earlier the mobile signals were detected along the International Border (IB) and also deep inside Jammu city near vital installations. The signals come from various cellular companies, which have their main communication base in Sialkot district of Punjab province in Pakistan. The frequency with which the signals are detected is attributed to the plain terrain on the IB. But in the hilly areas along the LoC as many as five mobile signals have been noticed. The mobile services launched eight months ago were not extended to the areas along the LoC for security reasons.

The reception of these signals near the LoC has serious implications for security. In the recent past, the infiltrators from PoK have been coming with mobile sets besides explosives and arms. This, sources said, was mainly due to the easy reception of mobile signals from across the LoC.

As compared to satellite phones or even Kenwood wireless sets used by the militants, these mobile phones are easy to operate and less expensive.

Any militant or informer possessing a SIM card of a cellular company from across the LoC can communicate with people on the other side.The launch of cellular services by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited here was given the "green signal" eights months ago by the Union Home Ministry and the Defence Ministry. Due to security considerations, a number of conditions were imposed before the services were started. For instance, the services would not be available at a distance of 10 km from the IB. It was proposed that jammers be installed in these areas to block any communication. The services were provided to a limited number of customers.Meanwhile, three terrorists were killed in Pir Badesar area of Rajouri district in an hour-long encounter near the LoC on Tuesday.

Three AK rifles, 12 magazines, 725 rounds, three radio sets and some documents were recovered from their possession. This is the first infiltration in the sector in the past six months.

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