Sol­dier killed in Pak­istan sniper fire in Ra­jouri

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

An Army sol­dier was killed Satur­day in sniper fire by Pak­istani troops along the Line of Con­trol (LoC) in Ra­jouri district of Jammu and Kash­mir, a de­fence spokesman said.

This was the sec­ond sniper at­tack along the LoC in Jammu and Kash­mir in as many days. The num­ber of cease­fire vi­o­la­tions this year by Pak­istan has been the high­est in the past eight years.

“At about 0945 hours, un­pro­voked cease­fire vi­o­la­tion was ini­ti­ated by Pak­istan in which one Army sol­dier was shot by a sniper. He suc­cumbed to in­juries,” the spokesman said.

Sources said In­dian troops guard­ing the LoC re­tal­i­ated to Pak­istani fir­ing ef­fec­tively.

Early next year, In­dia will con­duct its first full-spec­trum test of coastal se­cu­rity, an op­er­a­tion code-named Ex­er­cise Sea Vigil, which will test the re­sponse of nine dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers and agen­cies as it as­cer­tains In­dia’s pre­pared­ness to deal with at­tacks such as the one by ter­ror­ists on sev­eral lo­ca­tions in Mum­bai on November 26, 2008 .

The ex­er­cise will test re­sponse, re­ac­tion time and co­or­di­na­tion be­tween agen­cies to deal with in­com­ing threats si­mul­ta­ne­ously across both the eastern and western seaboard, a se­nior official of the min­istry of de­fence said on con­di­tion of anonymity.

A se­nior naval of­fi­cer says any and every con­tin­gency which could crop up in the near fu­ture will be tested dur­ing this ex­er­cise

The ex­er­cise will also test re­ac­tion time and co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the agen­cies to deal with in­com­ing threats

The Achilles heel of In­dia’s coastal se­cu­rity re­mains small fish­ing boats, es­pe­cially those un­der 20 me­ters long

Of the 280,000-odd fish­ing boats reg­is­tered across states, 220,000 fall in this cat­e­gory

A decade ago, on November 26, 10 Pak­istani ter­ror­ists sneaked into Mum­bai; 166 peo­ple were killed and over 300 in­jured in the en­su­ing at­tacks that lasted three days and in­volved ter­ror­ists from the Lashkar-e-Taiba taking over a lux­ury ho­tel.

Then, as it is now, the Achilles heel of In­dia’s coastal se­cu­rity re­mains small fish­ing boats, es­pe­cially those un­der 20 me­ters long. Of the 280,000-odd fish­ing boats reg­is­tered across states in In­dia, 220,000 fall in this cat­e­gory.

In­dian Navy, which will lead the ex­er­cise

Direc­torate Gen­eral of Ship­ping, which con­trols mer­chant ship­ping

Direc­torate Gen­eral of Light­houses and Light­ships, which tracks in­com­ing and out­go­ing ships Marine Po­lice of coastal states In­dian Coast Guard

In­tel­li­gence agen­cies such as the In­tel­li­gence Bureau and the Re­search and Anal­y­sis Wing Cus­toms depart­ment

Lo­cal po­lice

Fishermen

JAMMU: NEWDELHI:

The 10 Pak­istan-based ter­ror­ists in­volved in the 26/11 at­tacks hi­jacked Ku­ber, a small fish­ing trawler in the high sea, killed the cap­tain, and sailed into Mum­bai un­chal­lenged. They then used in­flat­able rafts to land.

Since then, all mer­chant and fish­ing ves­sels that are above 20 me­ters long are fit­ted with “Au­to­matic Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem ” (AIS), a Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem-en­abled friend or foe iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem.

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