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Terrorists waiting to enter J&K: BSF chief

Source: PTI
May 05, 2008 14:14 IST
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The Border Security Force on Monday said that terrorists across the border are waiting to enter the country once mountain passes in Jammu and Kashmir open with the melting of snow.

"The BSF has strong inputs that terrorists are waiting along the border to enter the country," BSF Director General A K Mitra told reporters on the sidelines of a foundation stone laying ceremony for a BSF building in Chandigarh.

He said infiltration is currently low along the western border. However, "once the mountain passes open, the terrorist activities along the border are likely to increase manifold," he said.

He did not rule out the possibility of an increase in terrorist activities in the wake of the upcoming assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

"In the past also it has been observed that whenever elections are close in Jammu and Kashmir, attempts have been made by the terrorists to step up violence," he said.

Mitra also said the number of terrorist training camps in Pakistan had gone up but did not give out any figures.

On queries on ways to check infiltration, Mitra said certain terrains along the border were such that they were susceptible to terrorist activities.

He said infiltration along the border with Bangladesh is more but maintained that steps were being taken to bring it down.

Mitra said constructions along the border were still in progress, adding that the BSF had dedicated this year to providing water, electricity and toilets to around 4000 border outposts.

"A major chunk of Rs 278 crore will be spent on improving facilities at the BOPs," he said adding that the BSF had been able to provide basic amenities to six out of total 31 BOPs which were only air-maintained.

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