Security forces have launched a massive operation to track down a group of armed militants who, they claim, infiltrated into the Indian territory in Jammu from across the border under the cover of firing from the Pakistani side, early on Tuesday morning.
"A group of three to four militants have infiltrated into the state through Kanachak border after cutting the fence and under the cover of firing from the Pakistan side around 1.45 am.
"A massive operation is on to track down the militants. The Border Security Force, army and police have cordoned off the entire belt and tracker dogs have been pressed into operation," said Deputy Inspector General, BSF, S Sagwan.
He alleged that under the cover of firing, "Pakistan pushed in militants into this side of the border," adding that firing continued for over an hour.
Giving details, the DIG said a group of 20 to 30 unidentified ultras took positions close to the International Border on Pakistan side and opened indiscriminate firing on border patrol parties in Kanachak border area of Jammu district around 12.30 am.
The BSF troops guarding the borderline retaliated. There were no casualties on this side in the firing.
Asked whether Pakistan troops were involved in the firing, he said that their involvement cannot be ruled out as they are responsible for the security for the entire belt.
The BSF has swung into action and launched a massive cordon and search operation in Kanachak border belt and adjoining areas, just 15 kms from Jammu
The ultras infiltrated through the Layliyal border outpost in Kanachak area by cutting a three-tier fence, the top BSF official said, adding some arms and ammunition were recovered from the area.
When asked about the alleged ceasefire violation yet again, he said, "We are looking into all aspects and we are not ruling out the possibility of Pakistani rangers".