UDHAMPUR, Sep 7: Asserting that there is rise in number of terrorists related activities and training camps operating across the border post Surgical strike, Northern Command Army Commander Lt Gen Devraj Anbu today said that 475 terrorists are waiting to sneak into the Indian Territory from the Line of Control.
“There is rise in the number of terrorists at the launching pads and terrorist training camps on other side of the Line of Control post Surgical strike,” Lt Gen Anbu here told reporters after Investiture Ceremony of the Northern Command.
The GOC-in-C said, “AS many as 475 terrorists are ready to cross and sneak into the Indian side from the LoC.”
“As many as 250 terrorists are active on the other side of LoC opposite North Kashmir while a total 225 are active opposite Pir Panchal area in Jammu region,” said the Army Commander.
Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu region fall in the Pir Panchal belt.
He added that the security forces have an edge and upper hand on terrorists and added, “In the last one year period, 144 terrorists have been eliminated by the security forces including the top commanders of many terrorist outfits.”
The GOC-in-C said, “Terror infrastructure across border is very much intact… Infact terror camps and launching pads have increased across the Line of Control but we (Army) have a mechanism in place. We have been successfully able to foil all infiltration attempts in the recent past.”
Appreciating the ongoing NIA raids in the Kashmir Valley over terror funding, Lt Gen Anbu said, “The raids have choked terror funds from Pakistan and also declined the incidents of stone-pelting in the Valley.”
“Large impact of NIA raids has been seen on streets in the Kashmir valley as stone-pelting incidents have come down,” he added and said that there was a need to engage youth in the Valley, channelise their energies positively and provide them employment.
“By carrying out Sadbhavana Operation, Army is providing various helps to the people besides coaching and education to the youngsters,” he asserted.
On separatists’ unleashed propaganda against Armed Forces, the Army Commander said, “After separatists were arrested by the NIA, hardly any protest was seen. Nobody came out and took to streets and that itself speaks about the impact.”
On the prevailing India-China issue in Ladakh, the General said, “There is no major issue with China in Eastern Ladakh. Difference of perceptions regarding Line of Actual Control happened following which ‘Face-Off” took place but required mechanism is in place.”
Lt Gen D Anbu also said that the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the Centre as well need to work jointly to wipe out terrorism from the state.
“The solution of Kashmir issue is not only military. We need help of other agencies too to resolve it,” the General said.
“If Government of India and the State Government work together, the situation will be well under control and terrorism would be wiped out from the state,” he said and added, “it is very salutary effect that the NIA is choking funds to the separatists, which got direct links to the terrorist activities in the hinterland of the Kashmir valley.”
On youth joining terrorist outfits in Kashmir, the General said, “agitation dynamics, who does it there is lot of youth involved in it and it is not that all are involved.”
The situation is totally different at present as it was here in last November or December, he said and added, “very few incidents took place. There are handful of people, who are indulged into this and because of elimination of leadership of terrorist.”
“Local recruitment does happens when terrorists have upper hand and separatist leadership has a very direct hand in felicitating the youth who just have passed their matriculation or higher school,” he said and added, “youth, who are not sure of their future are being misguided. This issue is required to be addressed on priority to create a positive security atmosphere.”
On number of terrorists, he said, “there are 475 terrorist waiting to sneak into the Indian Territory out of which 250 are waiting across the LoC opposite North Kashmir and 225 in Pir Panchal belt.”
“In North Kashmir there are maximum foreign terrorists operating but in South Kashmir, there are local terrorists,” he said.
Meanwhile 108 soldiers were today honoured with gallantry and medals for distinguished services at Investiture ceremony of the Northern Command held here.
Lt Gen D Anbu, GOC-in-C, Northern Command presented Gallantry and distinguished service awards to the officers and other ranks.
The Army Commander presented one Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak, two Yudh Seva Medals, two Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 76 Sena Medals (Gallantry), 10 Sena Medals (Distinguished Service), 17 Vishisht Seva Medals to the recipients which were bestowed upon them for their act of valour and distinguished services.
14 civilians were also awarded Certificate of Appreciation and cash awards by the Army Commander for their yeoman service.
Unit Appreciation to 31 units for their outstanding performance in the Command Theatre in the year 2016 were awarded.
The Army Commander also honoured four personnel of Jammu and Kashmir Police for their act of gallantry and devotion.
The Army Commander commended all ranks of the Northern Command for their dedication and devotion to duty.
He exhorted them to rededicate themselves to the cause of the Nation and congratulated those who were decorated for bravery and distinguished service.
During the event, Regional President Family Welfare Organisation, Northern Command also interacted and presented gifts to the Next of Kin of posthumous awardees.