We are ahead in technology, can intercept satt phones: BSF IG
The militant outfits in Kashmir have been reportedly using satellite phones in Kashmir, where prepaid mobile calling and internet services are suspended since August 5 when Government of India abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.
Sources said militants are using satellite phones in absence of modern communication channels in the valley.
Satellite phones connect directly to satellites instead of using mobile towers for communication.
Sources said satellite phones were recovered in Kashmir on at least two occasions during anti-militancy operation in the valley.
In a recent operation, troops claimed to have busted a militant hideout in forest area of Rafiabad in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
A Thuraya-named satellite phone besides two wireless sets and some arms and ammunition were recovered from the militant hide-out, reveal the pictures released by police.
Thuraya satellite phones were being used by militants to communicate with each other before mobile phones arrived in Kashmir.
Thesatellite phones were brought to Kashmir by militants from across the Line of Control (LoC).
Inspector General Border Security Force (Kashmir frontier), Ajmal Singh said India was ahead of Pakistan in technology and forces can intercept the satellite phones being used by militants.
“There is nothing new in satellite phones. We are also using them. These are in use since past many years not only here but elsewhere also. We are ahead in technology than militants. We can intercept satellite phone through our upgraded technology,” Singh told reporters at BSF’s Kashmir frontier headquarters in Humhamatoday.
“Whatever equipment they use, we have solution to it,” told reporters on sidelines of Bharat Dharshan Tour for some 82 Kashmiri students.
Pertinently, militants had stopped using satellite phones after arrival of modern standard and smart phones that made their communication easy.
The top BSF officer said the situation along International Border (IB) was normal.
Singh said ceasefire violations along the IB have nothing to do with scrapping of Article 370 and it has been happening since many years.
“Infiltrations have come down. Infiltrations happen every year like when it snows militants try to sneak in. I do not think, it has to do much with Article 370,” he said.
Article 370 accorded special status to erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State which is now a Union Territory.
Singh said since BSF is deployed along IB border in Jammu and Kashmir, all attempts by militants to enter into this side are foiled successfully.
“Our men are alert on the international border and all the bids by militants under the cover of CFV are being foiled,” he said.
Singh said the actual number of militants planning to infiltrate into this side was not available but stated that large number of militants were present on launch pads across the border.