The Indian Army took up an aggressive position in the Kashmir Valley. With the increase in cross border firing instances, the Army deployed 5,000 additional troops closer to the Line of Control in the 28 division area in Kupwara.
The troops will now move to the strike brigades of the 28 division in Tangdhar, Keran, Macchal and Gurez along the Line of Control (LoC). With additional deployment of troops, more units of the Rashtriya Rifles are also expected to move to the sector to increase the number to nearly 30,000 troops.
Infiltration is a real cause of concern especially with the elections in the pipeline in Jammu and Kashmir. According to top Army officials, there are about 900 militants in the Valley out of which about a quarter are very active. In order to curb the growing infiltration, the deployment of additional troops is necessary to guard the border.
The DG of the Border Security Force, confirmed that fences along the border at Samba were cut. He said that Pakistan Rangers’ role in recent infiltration bid in this sector cannot be ruled out. The BSF has increased its presence in Samba with the deployment of 1000 more troops in the area.