Inside Kashmir

Army troops equipped with Sig Sauer assault rifles, HD, night vision cameras

Jammu: In the wake of increasing incidents of drones spotting and infiltration attempts along the borders, Army has been equipped with Sig Sauer assault rifles and HD night vision cameras to further strengthen the security grid along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Friday.

Both India and Pakistan on February 25 issued a joint statement on the ceasefire agreement but after the drone attacks on the Indian Air Force Station Jammu, which was first of its kind in India, several infiltration attempts were made from across the border.

Drones have were also spotted hovering near military establishments in Jammu for almost one month now, following which alert has been sounded in the region.

“While the Indian Army has stepped up vigil in the areas adjoining the LoC in Jammu region, the soldiers guarding the borders, have been equipped with modern Sig Sauer assault rifles,” defence sources said.

They asserted that the soldiers deployed on the border, have also been equipped with some modern weaponry and gadgets like HD fitted cameras and night vision devices.

“Despite the ceasefire agreement, infiltration attempts are being made from across the border and to foil the nefarious designs of the Pakistan, Army has been equipped with modern and hi-tech weaponry,” they said.

Moreover, to tackle the drone threat as well, Army is taking all measures with modern technology, sources added.

According to sources, the first-of its kind drone attack in the country on the Air Force Base and detection of UAVs in the bordering districts of Jammu and Kashmir, prompted the Indian Army to devise a comprehensive strategy to tackle these new threats along the Line of Control (LoC).

“The Army has also enhanced vigil along the LoC to combat the infiltration bids in the coming winters,” they asserted, adding that the Army has been put on high alert to thwart the nefarious designs of Pakistan.

“The Army has revamped its strategy to tackle (UAVs) movement and also to combat infiltration attempts,” they said. Pakistan, through its launch pads based on the other side of the LoC in Poonch sector, is attempting to infiltrate Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants into the Indian side.

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