About 40 foreign terrorists in Poonch-Rajouri sectors: Intel, security nets strengthened

Author: Ajit K. Dubey |
June 23, 2024 16:25 IST

New Delhi (India), June 23 (ANI): Amid recent attempts by Pakistan-backed terrorist groups to revive terrorism in areas south of Pir Panjal ranges in Jammu sector, it is learned that around 35-40 foreign terrorists are actively operating in a given area and work in small teams, two or three in each of them.
Security sources told ANI that the assessment of the number of terrorists is based on information received from intelligence agencies and forces operating on the ground.
Sources said that foreign terrorists, suspected to be former members of the Pakistan Army’s Special Services Group, have been trying to revive terrorism in Rajouri, Poonch and Kathua sectors of Jammu region for about three years.
The latest attacks took place in Reasi and Kathua, where Hindu pilgrims and security forces were attacked.
Sources said that recent security review meetings noted that there is a need to further strengthen the second-tier counter-terrorism network in areas along the international border to block infiltration attempts.
Sources further said that the counter-infiltration network in the hinterland south of the Pir Panjal Ranges could be brought down to a similar level as the multi-tiered counter-infiltration and counter-terrorism network in areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kashmir region of Jammu and Kashmir.
Intelligence agencies are also working to improve intelligence gathering and technical intelligence in the area, sources said.
Over the past few months, the Indian Army has also brought in additional troops that have been operating in the area, along with a large number of specialized armored vehicles.
The armed forces have approximately 200 armored vehicles in the area, purchased through emergency procurement procedures by the forces, which they use to move around their areas of responsibility with rapid reaction teams.
Sources said that the forces have been given a free hand to operate against terrorist support infrastructure in the area and there is a likelihood of taking decisive action against such elements, the sources said. (OR)