Dormant routes have been used by the Pakistani Army to infiltrate nearly 60 terrorists since the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, officials told PTI on Tuesday.
This assessment comes amid intelligence inputs that there has been a surge in infiltration from across the border through higher reaches of North Kashmir and Poonch and Rajouri of the Jammu region, they said.
There is, however, no official word from the Army on the matter.
During a recent meeting to ascertain the number of successful and unsuccessful infiltration attempts along the Line of Control, an Army representative was presented with a host of evidence collected by various agencies about infiltration by terrorists from higher reaches of Gurez, Machil and Gulmarg sectors of the Kashmir region, and Poonch and Rajouri areas in Jammu region, the officials said.
Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbagh Singh had earlier said that several infiltration bids have taken place at the Line of Control and majority of them have been foiled.
He had not ruled out the possibility that some may have crossed over and said the matter was being looked into.
The higher reaches of Gulmarg, a portion of which is under the command of Srinagar-based XV corps and another under Nagrota (Jammu)-based XVI corps, was used in early 1990s for infiltration into central Kashmir.
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