Army prepares to tackle ‘hot summer’ in 2018

Army prepares to tackle ‘hot summer’ in 2018
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Srinagar, Feb 28: The security agencies have sounded an alert well in advance about the possibility of coming summer being hot.
Sources said that besides an increase in infiltration attempts on the LoC, they expect an increase in incidents of militancy, which will include weapon snatching and looting of banks. While incidents of militancy previously spiked with the state government’s durbar move to Srinagar in April-end, last year. “There is every possibility about such incidents increasing in March this year,” they added.
Official data reveals that there have been four attempts of infiltration on the LoC by 16 militants this year. Four of those militants were killed by the Army, while seven returned to the Pakistani side. “Only five militants have been successful in crossing over to the Indian side,” insiders revealed.
They said, “Activities across the LoC have started early this year. The lack of snow this season has opened the infiltration routes in Kashmir pretty early. Militants are waiting at the launchpads across the LoC.”
“The counter infiltration grid at the LOC has been made active and a strong vigil is being maintained over the LoC to ensure that militants don’t sneak into this side,” they added.
“There are around 135 local recruits active in the Valley. But they lack the experience to fight effectively as they are not well trained. Neighbouring country is trying to push in the militants who are trained and can handle the local recruits,” sources claimed.
General Officer Commanding of Srinagar based 15 Corps Lt General A K Bhat recently said that Army is not planning to open yet another front along Uri but he maintained that infiltration attempts have increased during the recent past. “A large number of militants are waiting at launching pads across the Line of Control (LoC) to cross over into Kashmir and ceasefire violations by Pakistan are also an attempt to push infiltrators. We have inputs of many infiltrators waiting at the launching pads and we think infiltration will start sooner this year because of less snow,” he said.
Another official said, “The recent ceasefire violations in Uri and Kupwara sectors were aimed at pushing in militants into this side. The counter offensive launched by the India Army is making things difficult for the militants and Pakistan. But we cannot plug all the routes as its mountainous terrain.”
He said, “We have already assessed the situation and we know that coming summer is going to be hot.”