General Officer Commanding of Army’s 15 Corps, Lt General Satish Dua, on Tuesday said the recent militant attack in north Kashmir’s Uri and other such incidents “provided an opportunity for a thoughtful consideration to look for advocacy gap and improve upon things.”
“Uri incident was sad but at the same time provided us time to look for the advocacy gap so that things can be improved much more efficiently,” Dua said, replying to media queries on the sidelines of a function in this area in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
He said the preparedness to “foil any misadventure from across the border, whether from the regulars or otherwise, is of higher degree especially after the surgical strikes.”
Commenting on infiltration levels, he said “there has been no let-up in infiltration bids and an example of that is the number of encounters on the Line of Control since last two months in which several militants were killed.”
“Definitely, there is a noticeable increase in infiltration bids, especially from the last two months. Several such infiltration bids have been foiled and several militants killed,” he said.
Terming incidents of rifle-snatching a matter of concern, Dua said the security set-up at some police posts needs to be revived and army is working with police in that direction.
“Some police posts are unable to tackle militant attacks and therefore security at such posts needs to be revived. We are already working with police in that direction,” he said.
He said additional forces of CRPF and army have been inducted during the “recent unrest” and mainly deployed in South Kashmir “to calm down the situation.” He said situation has “improved a lot since then.”
Replying to a question on number of youths who joined the militant ranks in South Kashmir in the past three months, the Army Commander said though some youths have joined these ranks, the exact number cannot be ascertained yet “as most of the youths involved in the present unrest have gone into hiding and as such police is not in a position to ascertain the actual number of youths who have joined the militants ranks.”GK