Vigilance Stepped Up Along Border with Pakistan in Kashmir

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Security forces have increased patrols along the India-Pakistan Line of Control to check infiltration attempts by Pakistan-based militants. Army officials say infiltration attempts increase before winter snow blankets the region.

Indian security forces have increased patrols along the India-Pakistan Line of Control. It's part of an effort to prevent infiltration attempts from Pakistan before snow falls in the region.

The Indian Army has stepped up patrolling along the fence and has equipped its units with high-tech devices like powerful night-vision goggles.

[J. P. Nehara, Lieutenant General, Indian Army]:
"They try to infiltrate every year especially just before or after the snowfall so that they can create problems here. But our army is extremely vigilant at the border. We are ready to tackle the situation. We have our surveillance on the fence 24 hours a day. With the help of sophisticated gadgets that we have, we keep an eye on the Line of Control under any circumstances."

The infiltration comes despite a ceasefire between the two armies and a ten-foot-high barbed wire security fence along most of the Line of Control.

New Delhi accuses Pakistan of arming, training and sending militants to the region.

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