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Terror infrastructure intact despite quake: Indian Army

Source: PTI
November 25, 2005 17:49 IST
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Even though supply lines of arms and ammunition got clogged due to the October 8 quake, the terror infrastructure across the border is intact and the level of infiltration the same, a top army official has said.

"Supply lines of arms and ammunition to the militants got choked somewhere due to the October quake, but the militants have been carrying out attacks in desperation, using grenades and improvised explosive devices to show their presence," Northern Command General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor said.

Reports of the entire terror infrastructure being destroyed in the quake were incorrect, he said. "It has been damaged to some extent only."

The infiltration level too had not come down, he said. "It is as it was before the quake."

Several militant training camps around Muzaffarabad had been damaged due to the quake, but militants were continuing to sneak into the state, Kapoor told reporters in Jammu Thursday.

On the recent spurt in militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir, the army commander said the acts had a twin aim -- to show their presence and to hamper development by creating panic.

The militants were "frightened by the alienation" of the civilian population people and were desperately trying to win them over, he said.

He said militancy "will affect tourism, which continues to be the backbone of the state's economy. The killing of a single tourist can lead to sudden decline in tourist traffic."

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