NEW DELHI: The interception and killing of four Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists in Nagrota in Jammu and Kashmir is being seen as as yet another success of the border grid in J&K that was strengthened this year by combining strict surveillance by Army and BSF troops at the LoC/international border with Pakistan, with good presence and higher alertness levels of J&K police in border districts to intercept and neutralise terrorists who manage to sneak in, before they can strike.
It is thanks to this robust anti-infiltration strategy, J&K police sources claim, that cross-border movement of terrorists from Pakistan till October this year was down to 38% of the levels witnessed in the corresponding period of 2019. According to J&K infiltration data accessed by TOI, 77 terrorists attempted to sneak into J&K from Pakistan till October this year, of which 17 were killed and 24 returned to Pakistan or Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), while the remaining 36 succeeded in entering J&K.
In the corresponding period of 2019, around 200 terrorists had attempted to infiltrate from Pakistan/PoK, of which 4 were killed, 62 returned and 135 managed to sneak into J&K. Interestingly, while 27 of the 46 infiltration attempts into Kashmir till October this year were successful, just 9 of the total 31 terrorists who tried to infiltrate from across the LoC/IB in Jammu region, could succeed. In 2019 too, 76% of the infiltration attempts into Kashmir region were successful, while it was contained in Jammu region at 7%. Infiltration had picked up soon after the abrogation of Article 370 in J&K on August 5, 2019, with 112 terrorists attempting to cross over between August and October last year.
Month-on-month infiltration figures suggest that such attempts peaked in September this year with 20 attempts — 10 each into Jammu and Kashmir — though this was only half of the figure recorded in September last year.
October, another traditional high-infiltration month as Pakistani outfits try to sneak in as many terrorists as possible before snow blocks the mountain passes, has recorded only 4 attempts this year, though none was successful. In October 2019, 26 terrorists had tried to infiltrate, 21 into Kashmir and 5 into Jammu region, of whom 12 were successful.