Day after surgical strikes: Border on alert, Government says threat from those who have slipped in

The government is also learnt to have told the BSF to use "full force" to defend the border in case of ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury , Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Updated: October 1, 2016 9:20 am
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A day after the Army conducted “surgical strikes” on terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), the Union Home Ministry issued a nationwide advisory to “maintain high levels of vigil to thwart any attempts by terrorists to strike back”. The government is also learnt to have told the BSF to use “full force” to defend the border in case of ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

“While the next 10-15 days will be particularly crucial, the highest level of alertness will be necessary until the end of October. This is a particularly sensitive time as the festival season is approaching. Border states such as J&K, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab, as well as the metros, have been cautioned through an advisory. Coastal security measures have been stepped up, too,” said a senior Intelligence Bureau official.

This time, the major concern is the possibility of retaliatory attacks by terrorists who had infiltrated into Indian territory earlier, said the official. “As per our assessments, around 85-90 terrorists have infiltrated this year. This is our biggest threat at the moment,” said the official.

On Friday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation during an hour-long meeting with senior officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, during which he was briefed about measures taken to foil any attempts from Pakistan to target BSF posts or civilians in forward areas.

Singh instructed officials to ensure that the highest level of alert is maintained to foil any such bid. In a separate meeting, he also reviewed issues relating to the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) deployed along the India-China border.

The BSF, meanwhile, has already put its units on high alert, and has been instructed to assist the local administration in evacuating civilians from villages along the LoC, said officials. Two more battalions have been rushed to the Jammu border in addition to around 15 battalions on the 190-km stretch, they said.

“Forces have been asked to be prepared but wait and watch. We will not be the aggressor. But if Pakistan indulges in unprovoked firing at the border, the BSF will reply in the manner that it did in 2014,” said a Home Ministry official.

The official was referring to the unprecedented escalation of tension months after the NDA government came to power, which saw 12-hour gunbattles for days between BSF and Pakistan Rangers. While 11 people were killed in Pakistani shelling at the time, Indian forces had claimed to have killed 50 people across the border.

“Although there is no specific intelligence on cross-border infiltration in the past two days or any impending signs of ceasefire violations, we are fully prepared,” said a senior BSF officer.

On Thursday, India had carried out “surgical strikes” on seven terror launch pads across the LoC with the Army inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK, marking a clear departure from its response to cross-border terrorism in the past. The strikes were conducted 10 days after the terrorist attack on an Army camp in Uri that left 18 soldiers dead.

During the meeting on ITBP, the Home Minister was briefed on the force’s strength at the border outposts, construction and upgradation of helipads and additional air courier services, apart from issues related to housing, health and education facilities.

Director General, ITBP, D K Chaudhary made a presentation and informed the Home Minister that cadre management and other issues of the force could be further improved. Singh asked the Home Ministry to extend assistance to the ITBP for the welfare of jawans and their families, and provide them training and better equipment.

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    Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
    Oct 1, 2016 at 6:01 am
    A another Indian SURGICAL strike will put NAKAM SHARIFF and his NAPAK in hospital in a non SUGERICAL state..
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      Abhishek Singh
      Oct 1, 2016 at 2:36 am
      I LOVE THIS GOVERNMENT BECAUSE IT FEELS ME TO BE A PROUD INDIANDIA IS PLAYING IT ON THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL.
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        Kaliyug
        Oct 1, 2016 at 12:35 am
        The biggest enemies of India are Indians who dine and wine with Dawood and his kind, and act as if Dawood is a enemy of India and Indians. The profits and the roads to the drug trade have to be stopped with a iron fist, just like Duterte in Philippines is doing, kill the drug dealers and their political and police protection. Money is the evil in the fight against terrorism, the corrupt are profiteering out of the misery of many.
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          Deeply Concerned
          Oct 1, 2016 at 4:29 pm
          So long it was US who was doing it alone, now they have India for company, joining them in molesting self-respect.
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            Purna Varma
            Oct 1, 2016 at 1:19 am
            It is completely necessary to deploy the elite forces along LOC. I dont want to hear the foxes had outwitted us. A for tat is in the offing. My guess is the elite porkishaitanis army in the guise of non state actors will target Gujarat aur Goa. We demand maximum vigil in all states. Meanwhile this activity of destroying launchpads for terrorists should be a continuing process by the IAF.
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              Purna Varma
              Oct 1, 2016 at 2:34 am
              Your mind games might work with the muzzies but not us bro. Rather than being a keyboard warrior for muzzies it is at best you get some skillsets to earn some decent monies for your family. If you dont know how ask me?
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                DD
                Oct 1, 2016 at 10:31 am
                stan will sion be divided into 4 pieces. insha allah.lt;br/gt;allah ki yehi marzi hai.lt;br/gt;aameen..
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                  khan
                  Oct 1, 2016 at 8:09 pm
                  Hold . . .Hold . . .dont panic . .its only the Tip
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                    khan
                    Oct 1, 2016 at 9:25 am
                    ha ha haaaaaaaaa . .looooooooooooooolllllllllt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Yara just surrender save us all the trouble
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                      Sankaran Krishnan
                      Oct 1, 2016 at 1:37 pm
                      It is better to be alert because the spineless stanis are depending upon the Terror groups to strike against INDIA and those who had slipped like a thief will try to hit at an expected time and place !!!
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                        John Revor
                        Oct 1, 2016 at 4:54 pm
                        InshAllah we have to shoot these Indian rats inside their burrows
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                          Ashok Mazumdar
                          Oct 1, 2016 at 6:15 pm
                          Sallu and Salim has All the details of Bhai Jaan fans, who have entered India for Terrorism.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Pl get call records of All the members of the Family and can find those who entered for Terrorism.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This moron has Trapped himself n his own family.
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                            mathimathi
                            Oct 1, 2016 at 9:22 am
                            PM ModiJi Govt. WHY IT'S FULL FORCE STILL . SURGICAL STRIKES ON STAN.
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                              Mayur Panghaal
                              Oct 1, 2016 at 2:47 am
                              Any 'so called News channel' spent even 5 mins discussing the captured indian soldier in Pak captivity ?? His gmom died of shock when she heard the news.lt;br/gt;Wake up India !! Chor media is biggest threat to India !! Bigger than chor politiicans !!
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                                Mayur Panghaal
                                Oct 1, 2016 at 2:44 am
                                Ask Feku where are the 12 terrorists who came to Gujarat via boats before mahashivratri ?? Are they on bharat darshan ??
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                                  Mayur Panghaal
                                  Oct 1, 2016 at 2:41 am
                                  Biggest Jumla of Feku Maharajlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1. Ram Temple was Jumla.lt;br/gt;2. Achchhe din was Jumla.lt;br/gt;3. Each account 15 lakhs was Jumla.lt;br/gt;4. Petrol at Rs. 30 per litre , was Jumla.lt;br/gt;5. Dollar at Rs. 40 was Jumla.lt;br/gt;6. Tata Nano at Sanand , Gujarat, Vikas, Vikas, Vikas, was Jumla.lt;br/gt;7. Myanmar me ghoos kar Naxalites ko maara, was Jumla.lt;br/gt;8. Our 118 ( 200 as per Arnab ) soldiers had gone upto 3 kms.crossing LOC, and destro 5 to 7 launch pads , killed 40 terrorists taking about 4 hrs, 4 helicopters were used. Still not a single jwan is even scratched, not a helicopter is damaged, not a weapon is seized, nor any maps, notes, ammunition, live or dead terrorist or nothing. It's reported that all terrorists were ready to be launched , which means they were all alert and ready with weapons.lt;br/gt;9. Indians like to be fooled , to believe as true what they wish to happen . So some highly cunning fellows , likes of Feku and Amit Lattho , , go on doing this. In all fake encounters of Gujarat, not a single policeman was injured ! This time army is used . Yes, they are also employees and they do everything to please their bosses in power . They are not from Mars !lt;br/gt;10. Wake up Indians .Natzis had used all these tactics in Germany and ultimately it was ruined. Let the history not repeat itself.lt;br/gt;11. Be real, be truthful to yourself and don't be gullible to the political dwarf leaders.lt;br/gt;(Copied)
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                                    Mayur Panghaal
                                    Oct 1, 2016 at 2:39 am
                                    Feku and nawaz both need the rhetoric to survive ..but the truth will prevail.
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                                      Mayur Panghaal
                                      Oct 1, 2016 at 2:43 am
                                      Understand The Badal game.although there is tension on border but army has not been deplo .no village or school has been vacated on border in Kashmir, Rajasthan or Gujarat only in Punjab with the cabinet decision of punjab government. Why only Punjab? Yes you understood it right ,to create war hysteria so that election and almost certain defeat of badal company may be postponed. This man can go to any extent to fool the mes. Share my thought with others
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                                        mtv
                                        Oct 1, 2016 at 5:06 am
                                        By the way, you can also see my comments in these columns what I think about the corrupt congress dynasty and party dictated communist party. Nor I am a supporter of Kejriwal or Nitish. I support the economic policies of Modi Govt. But that alone is not enough to lead this complex country.
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                                          mtv
                                          Oct 1, 2016 at 12:23 am
                                          Dear Modiji, BJP and RSS guys, Please remember the internal terrorist strikes can succeed only with the help of people within country. All round unity in our country only can help protect us from this these type of threats. Do you foolishly think you can protect the country and its people from these threats by having even an extremely strong army with many times the current strength? Instead of forging unity, what you and your party/organization has been doing last 2 years? You were sowing the seeds of disunity, discord and hatred all around in the country just for the sake of electoral gains. Look at the words coming out of Amit Shah and other Sanghis. I can only pity our country and the people. On one side we have this extreme Jihadist stan and the other side we have a party and leadership who creates the division in our society based on caste and religion. God save our country and all of us.
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                                            mtv
                                            Oct 1, 2016 at 12:53 am
                                            That is expected from people like you. Why are you uming certain things and mixing up the issues here by bringing up irrelevant things like Congie, Muslim, Christian etc. All I appealed is to stop the division in our own society for electoral gains by Modi/his party/organization for country's sake. Did you read Ramachandra Guha's (yesterday) and many other columnists in this newspaper? Are they not Hindus themselves? Are they congress men? Can't you get the basics that any country divided in itself cannot stand up to real enemies of the country. Don't you read the the history of India? Most of the time external people like political Islam and British and other European powers conquered India due to disunity among us.
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