Considered as one of the “shortest” and “safest” infiltration routes into Kupwara district from across the Line of Control, the Machil sector has once again come under the spotlight with the killing of three Indian soldiers. Situated at an altitude of more than 6,500 feet, this sector is marked by dense forests, with the weather and terrain described as inhospitable. Here, Indian and Pakistani bunkers are located at a close distance, with the LoC just 50 km-80 km from Kupwara town. According to official sources, militants have been using various infiltration tracks in this area to reach Kupwara and Lolab Valley. The National Counter Terrorism Authority had confirmed more than four infiltration attempts in the area over the last few months. A senior police officer told The Indian Express that there were many locations where militants or Pakistani regulars could sneak in from Haji Naka to Machil without being spotted.
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