Infiltration bids are strategically designed: DG BSF

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Jammu, Oct 3 (UNI) Hinting at the tight security arrangements and strengthening the international borders, newly appointed Director General of Border Security Force (BSF), M L Kumawat after reviewing the situation, today said infiltration attempts from across the border are well planned and are strategically motivated.

''The continuous attempts being made by the groups of armed militants across the border, is under the preplanned move and it is also being supported by the Pak troops in the shape of cover fire,'' alleged the DG BSF, who assumed charge on October 1 replacing the outgoing DG A K Mitra.

Kumawat was today on his maiden visit here to review the security situation on forward Tent Post on the international border in Kanhachak area from where, a group of infiltrators tried to sneak into the Indian Territory late night on September 30.

''This is my first visit in Jammu. I am here to review the security situation along international border,'' the BSF chief told reporters. He asserted, ''Proper measures are required to be taken to strengthen our borders and there is a need to intensify the overall security situation.'' He further said regular attempts are being made by the infiltrators from across the border to enter the Indian Territory and they are being encouraged by the Pakistani troops, who are protecting them under cover fire.

''A large number of armed militants on the other side of the border are waiting to cross over to this side but we have reinforced our borders and all efforts will be made to keep surveillance on the infiltrators,'' the DG added.

He however, denied successful attempt made by the militants yesterday and said, ''the troops have foiled the bid made by the infiltrators in R S Pura Sector.'' Number of attempts are being made by the infiltrators to enter the Indian Territory for the last one month after Kahachak incident, where a group of militants crossed over to this side of the border on the intervening night of August 25 and 26 followed by a Chinore massacre in which eleven people including three fidayeens were killed on August 27.

Meanwhile, militants made several attempts to infiltrate from across the border under covering fire by Pakistani Troops through International Border from Pargwal sub-sector and Kanhachak area in Akhnoor Sector.

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