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Infiltration along J&K border hasn't declined: Army chief

By Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar
May 10, 2008 00:30 IST
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General Deepak Kapoor, chief of the Indian Army, has said that the levels of infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir over the last two years have remained almost the same.

General Kapoor, who arrived in Srinagar on Friday for a three-day visit to the state, inaugurated a boys' hostel in the frontier town of Tangdhar in north Kashmir's Kupwara district.

Later, talking to newsmen, General Kapoor said, "The passes are still closed because of heavy snowfall, and it is too early to comment on the levels of infiltration this year."

He said that the army's role during the forthcoming state assembly elections in the state would be "limited to providing a secure atmosphere so that maximum number of people use their right to vote."

"The hostel in Tangdhar town would benefit the students of Karnah tehsil and is equipped with modern facilities," according to a statement issued by the army.

The army chief is scheduled to review the overall situation in the state during his interactions with field commanders, besides visiting the forward areas in the state.

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Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar