Srinagar, Nov 29: Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a massive rise in infiltration of trained terrorists from Pakistan into the state in 2016. Infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir is up by more than one hundred per cent this year. With increasing number of infiltration attempts, security of military bases located in Jammu and Kashmir is the major concern as army camps have often come under attack in recent times. Terrorists attack on army camp in Nagrota, that left seven soldiers dead, the third such big strike after Pathankot and Uri this year, has once again exposed the security lapses at military bases.
As many as 75 terrorists have entered Jammu and Kashmir in 2016 as compared to 30 militants in 2015, according to the multi agency center (MAC)—which collates inputs from the army, paramilitary forces and the intelligence agencies. According to the figures tabled by MoS (Home) Hansraj Ahir in the Rajya Sabha, there were 90 infiltration attempts in the first six months of 2016, of which 54 were successful. Since July 15, the Army has foiled at least 14 infiltration bids. In comparison, 2015 saw 31 successful attempts.
These successful infiltration attempts have led to terror attacks on army camps, including the one at Uri in September that killed 19 soldiers and another at the Nagrota camp in Jammu on Tuesday. The Nagrota attack shows that Army hasn’t learnt lesson from Pathankot and Uri strikes and didn’t upgrade the security infrastructure around bases on a war footing. Moreover, ‘very little’ action has been taken on the recommendations of the tri-Service committee, led by former Army chief Lt-General Philip Campose (retd), which was constituted after the January 2 terror strike on the Pathankot airbase.
According to a report of Times of India, besides some general discussion on the suggestions of the tri-Service committee, only few concrete actions have been taken in order to enhance the security infrastructure near army bases. The fact that terrorists managed to enter artillery unit’s compound that is bang on the main road, around three km from the well-guarded 16 Corps headquarters at Nagrota, shows the wide-ranging measures are required to thwart or minimise such attacks.
Since the tension between India and Pakistan is at its peak and infiltration attempts have gone up post surgical strikes by Army, defence establishment must pinpoint lapses and upgrade the security infrastructure to protect military bases.