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Infiltrated militants in Kashmir keeping low for troops to withdraw

The successful infiltration bid by militants from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir has trebled to 79 in April 2007, as compared to the same month of previous year, but it is not being manifested in the number of violent incidents initiated by them in the Kashmir valley.

By Sudhakar Jagdish

New Delhi, May 28 : The successful infiltration bid by militants from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir has trebled to 79 in April 2007, as compared to the same month of previous year, but it is not being manifested in the number of violent incidents initiated by them in the Kashmir valley.

Intrigued by this the Army believes that the militants, who are keeping low for the time being, are awaiting for the troops withdrawal to take place from the valley. The demand for troops to withdraw is being supported by both the mainstream political parties like People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the pro-Pakistan Hurriyat.

"The key designs of the militants for not initiating any attacks on the armed forces or the State establishments for the past four weeks could be to be to spread the 'myth of normalcy', and also to divert attention through building pressure by over ground elements for troop cut," an army official said.

Army intelligence inputs have conveyed the Defence Ministry that there could be 'intense terrorist strike' in the later part of the summer to retain their leverage to up the ante against the establishment.

In April, the army was able to foil only three infiltration attempts and in March all the eight infiltration bids of militants were successful, while the army managed to foil all the seven infiltration bids in February.

Till March this year , the infiltration had declined by close to 50 percent as the months of February and March witnessed seven and eight infiltration respectively as compared to 14 and 20 during the same period in 2006.

The assessment report has been given to Defence Secretary Shekhar Dutt, who also heads a special committee that will submit a report on whether troops withdrawal is required in the State.

While Defence Minister A K Antony has publicly said that the decision of troops withdrawal in the State will be purely based on the report and observation of the expert committee, the news could be bad for PDP, which in recent month has vociferously demanded for troop cut and had even hinted to jeopardise the stability of the Congress led government in the State by pulling out of the coalition.

ANI

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