Three infiltration bids by heavily-armed terrorists, aided by cover fire by Pakistani troops, were foiled in the past 36 hours along the International Border (IB) in Hiranagar sector of Jammu and Kashmir, BSF said on Monday.
There have been six infiltration bids in the past 12 days along IB in Jammu frontier, it said, adding Pakistan has been relentlessly trying to push heavily-armed militants into India with nefarious intention of disturbing peace and cause causalities of security forces in the hinterland.
“There were three attempts of infiltration by groups of terrorists which have been successfully foiled by the alert BSF troops in the face of danger to their lives,” BSF DIG Dharmendra Pareek said in Jammu.
He said the attempts were made on Saturday and Sunday under the cover of heavy cross-border firing and shelling by Pakistani Rangers in Hiranagar sector of Kathua.
Giving details, he said in the wee hours of October 29, a group of three heavily-armed terrorists attempted to sneak in from Hiranagar sector while Pakistan Rangers provided covering fire to them. However, alert BSF troops forced them to retreat by effective fire, he said.
“On October 30 around midnight, again a heavily-armed group of three terrorists was detected by alert troops across the IB in another area of Hiranagar sector and they reached the vicinity of International Border, taking advantage of dead ground.
“They were kept under close watch. On effective fire of BSF, they took shelter in dead ground having thick wild growth,” Pareek added.
He said the BSF troops kept the area under close watch during the whole day on Sunday and while whole the country was celebrating Diwali, the alert BSF troops spotted a group of terrorists in the evening close to the IB.
“They remained hidden during the day for infiltration. The BSF troops on duty, maintaining high alert round-the-clock on the International Border, being well aware of ill intentions of Pakistan, particularly in view of Diwali festival, opened fire to neutralize them,” the DIG said.
He said that on being exposed, the terrorists targeted BSF troops on duty by resorting to heavy firing but were forced to retreat by effective fire.
“Once they were targeted heavily by BSF with accurate fire, the Pakistan Rangers came to their rescue and provided covering fire support to the militants for their safe withdrawal towards Pakistani villages,” Pareek said.
“The terrorists were seen moving half-bending, crawling and running to save their life towards Pakistan village of Abhiyal Dogra,” the DIG said.