Srinagar, April 14: In the wake of protests raging on in Jammu and Kashmir fears of infiltration and foreign hands trying to add fuel to the situation are on the rise. The death toll in the firing by security forces has reached four and mobile internet services have been blocked in several areas of the state.
While situation continues to remain tense in most parts of the state and with a large number of security forces being deployed to curb violence, fears of infiltrations too have risen. Such situations are ideal for infiltrators as they take advantage of the fact that the security forces are engaged elsewhere. They wait for distractions before infiltrating.
Sitting on the fence:
Both the Indian Army and the Intelligence Bureau say that when violence begins, Pakistan sends in a considerable number of men to the border areas. Most of them wait days together to infiltrate. When they find out that the violence has escalated they infiltrate.
Army officials say that it is a challenge. Dealing with civilians is one part of the challenge and on the other we need to keep our guard up to ensure that infiltrations do not take place. The other worry is that foreign hands (read Pakistan) take advantage of the situation and try to create more unrest.
Security comes at a price:
Security comes with a huge price tag. With Jammu and Kashmir boiling over scores of protests, it must be remembered that it has taken a toll on the exchequer of the Union Government which has spent a whopping Rs 5,000 crore in the past two decades.
The figures keep increasing and off late one has witnessed some incident or the other in Jammu and Kashmir. The figures keep escalating and most of the money has been spent on curbing terrorist violence or infiltrations. Guarding the borders has taken up a considerable amount of funds, Home Ministry officials say.