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23 attack bids foiled along LoC in Kashmir this year: BSF

Security at various installations of BSF has been beefed up in the wake of terror attack in Nagrota

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

K K Sharma, Border Security Force, BSF, Director General
Border Security Force Director General K K Sharma addressing the annual press conference in New Delhi.

on Wednesday said it has foiled 23 attacks, including two actions by Pakistan, along with the Line of Control (LoC) in Valley this year and is alert to deal with any untoward incident.

"has foiled and faced 23 attacks of militants and regulars on its posts and personnel along in during this year. The guys (jawans) have done well, they have been doing their jobs with utmost dedication.

"They (BSF jawans) have foiled many infiltration bids on the and also foiled two (Border Action Team of Pakistan) attempts and in one of the actions, three of our guys have been killed, but they foiled the action and killed one militant and recovered weapons," Vikas Chandra, Inspector General, BSF Frontier, told reporters here.

The frontier chief of the border guarding force said security at various installations of BSF has beefed up in the wake of yesterday's terror attack in

"Security arrangements have been made. We are alert 24x7 to deal with any incident during these difficult times," he said.

Chandra said the paramilitary force, along with the Army, was responding to the ceasefire violations "appropriately".

"Ceasefire violations have been taking place and we have responded appropriately to them. There were 32 ceasefire violations in 2016 along the on this side. We have lost some men and some others have been injured as well, but that is part of the life, part of duty," he said.

Responding to a question on whether the ceasefire violations were just that or a cover for infiltration, the BSF officer said, "We can say it is combined."

"They are infiltration bids as well and we have foiled many such incidents," he said.

Asked whether the attack on the LoC by and mutilation of bodies of soldiers was a action, Chandra said, "Generally BAT actions take place. It would have happened, that is why there has been such action."

He said 14 battalions of BSF were deployed in Kashmir Valley.

"Over 14,000 personnel are deployed in the Valley both on the LoC and in the hinterland. We are working with the army, guarding the LoC. In the last one year, nine BSF officers have sacrificed their lives and 18 others have been injured while guarding the LoC and also while working in the hinterland," he said.

On a question, whether there was an increase in the militant attacks after India conducted surgical strikes, the BSF officer said, "I will not say it is an increase. It is a tactic they have been using earlier as well. On the LoC, we have to be careful and we are being careful. It is not that they have not been trying, they have been, but we have averted those on this side of the LoC.

First Published: Wed, November 30 2016. 22:07 IST