‘In­fil­tra­tion at­tempts could in­crease ahead of J-K polls’

The Political and Business Daily - - NATION -

WITH Assem­bly polls sched­uled in Jammu and Kash­mir later this year, in­fil­tra­tion at­tempts from across the border are ex­pected to in­crease, a top se­cu­rity of­fi­cial to­day said.

"You would have seen that in the re­cent past a lot of in­fil­tra­tion at­tempts (in Jammu and Kash­mir) have been thwarted but with the elec­tions com­ing up later this year in that state you can only ex­pect them to in­crease," NSG chief J N Choud­hury said at a se­cu­rity con­fer­ence here.

The Na­tional Se­cu­rity Guard (NSG) Direc­tor Gen­eral also warned that In­dia stands to face the chal­lenge of big ter­ror­ist at­tack like in­ci­dents.

"The same ter­ror­ist forces that at­tacked our Par­lia­ment in 2001, they can be ex­pected to do so in the fu­ture. The ob­jec­tive seems to be very clear. They want to at­tack our self-con­fi­dence, they want to make it clear to the world that In­dia is not the in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion that every­one thinks it is.

"The threat from Pak­based ter­ror out­fits like the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Harkat-ul-Mu­jahideen or the In­dian Mu­jahideen (IM), which pri­mar­ily works out of Karachi in Pak­istan, is very real," the DG said at an event or­gan­ised by the Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try (FICCI).

He said the fu­ture ter­ror at­tacks could be of the 'black swan' va­ri­ety.

"Though the se­cu­rity forces had been very suc­cess­ful in last many years as they have picked up many op­er­a­tives (ter­ror­ist agents)...but in­ci­dents will not be fre­quent but they will be of the black swan va­ri­ety-- an in­fre­quent in­ci­dent that has a huge im­pact on the na­tion.

"Re­spond­ing to these threats is com­plex as they (ter­ror mas­ter­minds) have a global foot­print, their op­er­a­tions, fi­nanc­ing etc. are planned out of the coun­try," he said.

The 'black cat' com­mando's chief said while the level of vi­o­lent in­ci­dents in the Left Wing Ex­trem­ism (LWE) af­fected ar­eas has gone down, the Maoists pos­sess a "lethal ca­pa­bil­ity" to launch a sen- sa­tional at­tack against high-value tar­gets.

"The Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vices (IEDs) are their (Nax­als) main weapon of choice to in­flict ca­su­al­ties," he said.

He also termed the func­tion­ing of the bur­geon­ing num­ber of ter­ror and ul­tra out­fits in the coun­try akin to a "cot­tage in­dus­try".

Choud­hury said it is a chal­lenge for se­cu­rity agen­cies to guard the 'open' In­dian bor­ders with Nepal and Bangladesh as the 'je­hadi' threat looms large.

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