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Jammu army camp attack 'frustrated' attempt by Pak: Army general

Press Trust of India  |  Udhampur 

A top general of today refused to accept the contention that a security lapse led to last week's suicide attack on an camp in Jammu and said it was a "frustrated" attempt by after it failed to counter the army's dominance at the LoC.

Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt Gen D Anbu, who was presenting gallantry awards here, told reporters that the is continuing with its "pro-active" strategy in the aftermath of the 2016 terror attack in which 17 soldiers died when terrorists stormed the brigade headquarters at Uri in North

The of the strategically-important Northern Command, which looks after the borders from Ladakh to Jammu, maintained that the force would continue with its endeavour of ensuring zero infiltration.

"Infiltration does take place. We endeavour to ensure zero infiltration that is our job and we put our best effort," he said.

According to the officer, there was considerable reduction in infiltration, but the number of attempts almost doubled in 2007 compared to the previous year.

The general said terrorists were always present at the camps and launching pads across the border to be pushed into


"If we take south and north of Pir Panjal, 185 to 220 are always present in south and 195-220 continue to remain in north," Anbu said. South of are the areas in Jammu and North is in

On the Sunjuwan terror strike in the state on Saturday, he said, "It is the frustrated enemy (Pakistan) which does involve itself in such activities when it is not able to face us on the borders."

"It is but natural that the enemy is on the receiving end and looks for the easier alternative. While immediately behind the borders we have strengthened ourselves and we are very well prepared, it picked up soft targets," he said.

The said that you cannot have the same security like in borders at areas which are peaceful.

"I will not accept a single lapse on the border because it is supported to be protected. The spent almost Rs 364 crore on different things to build up the security of the soft elements on the LoC," the said.

"We got our acts together as far as surveillance, sentry duty and drills and other things are concerned besides the intelligence," he said.

He said the would not be cowed down by "small incidents" like "fidayeen" (suicide) attacks or other things and would rather work according to the strategy adopted after the Uri attacks.

"We have adapted to it very well and in the whole year, we have dominated the adversary. It has been a pro-active action after the Uri incident and we have not looked back," Anbu said.

Militants on September 18, 2016, had stormed a battalion headquarters of the in North Kashmir's Uri town in the early hours, killing 17 jawans and injuring 20 other personnel.

Anbu said and its snooping agency were directly involved in terrorism not only in but also in neighbouring countries.

Anbu, who is the in the command, said the was prioritising security of small camps in vulnerable areas and those which need immediate attention.

"The government has also come up with certain funds and I am sure we will be able not only to have a physical fence but also technology to assist it," he said.

On the casualties suffered by in the retaliatory action to ceasefire violations, the said, "You do not come to know what is the damage caused across the border because our adversary does not believe in accepting the casualties. We are in a very dominating position."

Though some suggest that suffered 192 fatal casualties along the LoC, the is not going to put a figure because of the simple reason that has only admitted to 13 casualties, he said.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 20:30 IST
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