Indian Army ready to protect Panchayat members : Pandey
Kupwara , Sept.28 (KNS): Indian Army GOC 28 div Lalit Pandey, said that army is ready to protect panchayat members if state government calls them forward in this matter. “We’re here to protect the people in every situation and circumstance” he added. Asked that Mustafa kamal has alleged the involvement of Army in panchayat members. He smiled and said that I don’t have proper words to respond .He said that the around 600 militants are ready and looking for an opportunity to infiltrate line of control(LoC). “We have been and we’ll continue to destroy their (Militant’s) plans and would make their every attempt of infiltration unsuccessful. Asked about if Army is against the revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) “To revoke or not to revoke AFSPA is the within the jurisdiction of the federal government. We’ll perform our duties under the orders of it (Federal Government).” He replied. “We have sent our opinion to government but to take decision is within its jurisdiction” he added. He said that the militants are now using new routes to cross LoC like Nepal. “We’re here on border and we’ve made various infiltration attempts of militants unsuccessful. In some cases we kill them and in some cases they succeed to move back” he informed. He informed that the infiltration attempt was foiled on Thursday. He said that Army suspected some movement on the LoC and found militants are crossing LoC. “As per our procedure Army challenged and chased them they returned back leaving behind six gunny bags which contained 10 AK-56 Rifles with 20 magazines, 98 Chinese made Pistols with 196 magazines and two Sub Machine Guns with 4 magazines. All the weapons were secured with packing tape and were brand new” he said.