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Anti-mine boots procured for jawans in forward posts in JK: Army commander.

The Army has procured special anti-mine boots for troops deployed along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir with twin aims of facilitating domination of the landmine-infested forward areas and hot pursuit of militants if necessary, a top Army officer said.

As part of the counter-infiltration grid, the soldiers have to get into forward areas for domination and sometimes even undertake hot pursuit of the militants and subversive elements, General Officer Commanding of the Army’s Jammu-based XVI Corps Lt. General Paramjit Singh told PTI in an interview on Sunday.

He was replying to a question about activation of landmines near the anti-infiltration obstacle system and subsequent casualties in which a Lt. Colonel and a jawan were injured on October 28.

Referring to recent incidents of two soldiers, including an officer, getting injured in anti-personnel mine blasts, Lt. Gen Singh said in both the cases, they had stepped on drifted mines.

“Fortunately, they were wearing the anti-mine boots which limited the damage to their feet and the limbs were saved,” he added.The Corps commander said the Army envisages that the militants will attempt to infiltrate into the state even after the snowfall this winter through non-traditional routes and areas.

“We are prepared to take on this challenge. Contingencies have been prepared and coordination done while some more steps are in progress. Police and civil administrations are seriously addressing surveillance and control of highways,” he added.Lt. Gen Singh said a robust anti-infiltration grid was in place as troops equipped with latest gadgets such as night vision devices are deployed to ensure that the militants do not reach the hinterland.

“The deployment of Army and other sister agencies is in tiers. Even if the militants manage to get past the first tier, they are trapped in the depth,” he said.

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