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No Taliban infiltration in India: Army

No Taliban infiltration in India: Army

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 14, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/169288/Women-across-LoC-being-trained-to-infiltrate-into-India.html

Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor on Tuesday said there is no "trace" of Taliban in the country amid reports some of these elements have infiltrated but women are being "trained" on the other side of the Line of Control(LoC) to cross over for terror acts.

Gen Kapoor also said the army would continue to "neutralise" elements trying to disturb peace and security in the country.

"Whether it is LeT, JeM or HUJI militant or Taliban, whosoever tries to disturb peace and stability of the region, he will be dealt with in the same fashion and will be neutralised," he told reporters.

Asked about reports that some 30 Taliban have infiltrated into India, Kapoor said, "As far as the Indian Army is concerned, we have had no trace of Taliban."

Asked about the possibility of involvement of women handlers in the Pulwama encounter in Jammu and Kashmir that ended on Monday with the killing of two militants, Gen Kapoor said, "We have information that women are being trained on the other side to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir."

"It is possible that women may be involved in giving directions to the terrorists," he added.

Kapoor said that Army was "fully prepared" to deal with the situation if there was any information about infiltration of women in the country.

The General said the Army had expected "calibration" in infiltration around the election time.

"We did expect that there would be a certain amount of calibration from the other side to push in infiltrators because of elections, which is what they are trying," Gen Kapoor said.

Kapoor said the Army had "foreseen" the rise in the infiltration of militants and was prepared to tackle it.

"We had already foreseen all this happening and we were quite well prepared for it and that is why our troops were there on the Line of Control and deployed in three tiers to be able to check infiltration," he said.

"We are quite confident that we will be able to meet this situation and are quite sure that people will be able to exercise their franchise in a peaceful and stable environment as had happened for assembly elections," Kapoor added.

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