Army will pro­cure bet­ter tech­nol­ogy to check in­fil­tra­tion

This year Army has elim­i­nated 70 in­fil­tra­tors along LoC.

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation - SRINAGAR

The Army has de­cided to bring in bet­ter tech­nol­ogy from other coun­tries to re­duce in­fil­tra­tion through the var­i­ous moun­tain­ous passes in the Kash­mir Val­ley and in Ra­jouri and Poonch dis­tricts of Jammu re­gion. The de­ci­sion fol­lowed the Pak­istan army’s suc­cess in in­fil­trat­ing around a hun­dred mil­i­tants us­ing these routes, de­spite sur­veil­lance.

Gen­eral Of­fi­cer, Srinagar based 15 Corps, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral J. S. Sandhu told the me­dia that they were in the process of get­ting some mod­ern and smarter equip­ment to counter in­fil­tra­tion all along the LOC in J&K.

These ef­forts were started in Novem­ber, but many Pak­istani mil­i­tants in­fil­trated the Kash­mir Val­ley in spite of that. The Army al­ready has a ro­bust counter in­fil­tra­tion grid in Kash­mir and dur­ing the cur­rent year they were able to elim­i­nate about 70 in­fil­tra­tors along the LOC.

The Army and the BSF have been us­ing the lat­est equip­ment on the J&K bor­der to tar­get in­fil­tra­tors. They have been us­ing high power cam­eras, ther­mal sens­ing cam­eras, state-ofthe- art long range re­con­nais­sance and ob­ser­va­tory sys­tem ( LORROS) along with sur­veil­lance radars. The Army has also been us­ing un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles (UAVS) to mon­i­tor the move­ment of mil­i­tants on the launch pads in Pak­istan oc­cu­pied Kash­mir (POK).

The Army has fears that Pak­istan may try to push in many in­fil­tra­tors in De­cem­ber, be­fore snow­fall blocks all in­fil­tra­tion routes for the next four-five months.

The Army has put in its best ef­forts to con­tain mil­i­tancy and per­haps they have sig­nalled to the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship of New Delhi to take their ef­forts fur­ther by way of di­a­logue and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in Kash­mir.

Mean­while, Jammu and Kash­mir DGP S.P. Vaid on Thurs­day hailed the Army for “op­er­a­tion all out”, after five mil­i­tants were killed in twin en­coun­ters of Pakhar­pora and Sopur. He tweeted that the en­counter of 200 mil­i­tants this year is a huge land­mark and will bring peace in the val­ley. The Army has also launched a num­ber of pro­grammes for the val­ley’s youths to wean them away from vi­o­lence and also or­gan­ised many mu­si­cal shows, cricket tour­na­ments in this di­rec­tion. Re­cently, the Army launched one of the most mas­sive cor­don and search op­er­a­tions in the forests of Zirhama Lo­lab up to Ki­ran belt after they re­ceived in­puts that many mil­i­tants were wait­ing to sneak in­side the Kash­mir val­ley in this belt. The Army of­fi­cially called off this op­er­a­tion on Thurs­day after more than a week of ex­ten­sive searches in the for­est. On the in­struc­tions of the Naren­dra Modi led Union gov­ern­ment, the Jammu and Kash­mir gov­ern­ment has de­cided to give one job to one non-mi­grant fam­ily of Kash­miri Pan­dits. A state gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial told The Sun­day Guardian that they will short­list 500 can­di­dates from the 810 Hindu fam­i­lies who have been liv­ing in Kash­mir.

The Cen­tre has fast tracked all the re­cent de­ci­sions taken to ad­dress the is­sues in Jammu and Kash­mir, es­pe­cially the hu­man is­sues. After an­nounc­ing a pack­age to fam­i­lies that had mi­grated to Jammu in 1947, the Union Home Min­istry has in­structed the state gov­ern­ment to pro­vide one gov­ern­ment job to each fam­ily of non-mi­grant Hin­dus in the Kash­mir val­ley.

West Pak­istani refugees and those Hindu fam­i­lies who mi­grated from POK to Jammu are in the process of re­ceiv­ing the Cen­tral pack­age. The Hindu Wel­fare So­ci­ety of Kash­mir has wel­comed the move and said that they were com­pletely ne­glected in the past many years. “We have been liv­ing in poverty. Em­ploy­ment to each fam­ily will pro­vide the much needed fi­nan­cial cush­ion,” said one of the mem­bers of the so­ci­ety to this news­pa­per. A se­nior of­fi­cer of the state gov­ern­ment told The Sun­day Guardian that Divi­sional Com­mis­sioner, Kash­mir, Baser Ahmed Khan will se­lect can­di­dates from the few hun­dred non mi­grant Pan­dit fam­i­lies.

The pres­i­dent of Kash­mir Pan­dit San­garsh Sim­iti told The Sun­day Guardian that he hopes that the pro­ce­dures will be com­pleted very soon. He said that these fam­i­lies were dis­crim­i­nated by suc­ces­sive Cen­tral gov­ern­ments. San­jay Tikku fur­ther told The Su­nay Guardian that he had filed a writ pe­ti­tion in the J&K High Court few years back seek­ing di­rec­tions to the Cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments to ex­tend the Prime Min­is­ter’s pack­age to those Kash­miri Hin­dus liv­ing in the val­ley. The po­lit­i­cally dom­i­nant Kapus in Andhra Pradesh have been in­cluded in the other back­ward classes (OBC) cat­e­gory, with a 5% reser­va­tion in ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions and gov­ern­ment jobs. Andhra Pradesh Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly passed a res­o­lu­tion pi­loted by Chief Min­is­ter N. Chan­drababu Naidu on Satur­day, ful­fill­ing the 25-year-long de­mand by the com­mu­nity.

Now Kapus are cat­e­gorised as BC-F, a new group in the list of 102 OBC castes. The quota for Kapus is ap­pli­ca­ble only to ed­u­ca­tional seats and job, but they can­not con­test seats re­served for OBCs in the lo­cal bod­ies. Ex­ist­ing OBCs have op­posed the en­try of Kapus into the OBC list on the ground that the pow­er­ful com­mu­nity would corner all oth­ers in the re­served seats in the lo­cal bod­ies.

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