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`More infiltration bids being detected'

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, AUG. 19. The Army has been successful in detecting more infiltration attempts from across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir due to electronic fencing and better surveillance equipment, the Chief of the Army Staff, N.C. Vij, said today.

The Army has detected twice as many infiltration bids in June and July this year as compared to the same period last year, said another senior officer. Before the fence was erected and the Army equipped with thermal imagers, night vision devices and sensors, only one out of four infiltration bids were detected. The detection rate has gone up this year with the fencing nearly in place and the Army becoming adept at handling surveillance equipment.

"Almost 80 to 85 per cent of infiltration attempts are being detected and dealt in appropriate way by the security forces," Gen. Vij told newspersons after flagging off a 22-member Dogra regiment expedition to Mount Kanchenjunga on the Indo-Nepalese border.

Militant camps

Indications were that many militant camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir had been revived but these camps were being constantly shifted to escape detection. Without naming any country, the Army Chief wanted to know how could an infiltration bid succeed unless it was supported by the state. "How can militants haul up heavy and sophisticated arms through these areas without the knowledge of authorities across the Line of Control?"

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