India boosts vigil along LoC

SRINAGAR, Oct 10: The Indian army has stepped up its vigil along a Line of Control, saying militant groups have increased efforts to push into the region before snow blocks the mountain passes.

“The army has stepped up its vigil all along the Line of Control (LoC) in anticipation of renewed attempts at infiltration before snowfall expected in the next fortnight,” a Defence Ministry statement said.

“We have killed three militants and foiled their attempt to enter our side from across the Line of Control,” Indian army spokesman J.S. Brar said.

The army said the militants were killed in the northern Gurez sector after they were sighted early on Saturday along the LoC.

Also, two militants were killed in separate overnight gunbattles with Indian troops in southern Kashmir, the army said.

The infiltration comes despite a ceasefire between Pakistan and India and a three-metre-high barbed wire fence along much of the 742-km LoC.

On Saturday, Indian troops shot dead three militants when they tried to cross into occupied Kashmir, the statement said.

Kashmir remains at the core of a six-decade-long conflict between the two neighbours.

After months of relative calm, there has been a rise in violence across occupied Kashmir, where officials say tens of thousands have been killed since a freedom struggle against Indian occupation broke out in 1989.

Pakistan has consistently denied its involvement in abetting the violence in occupied Kashmir.—AFP

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