Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers stand guard along fencing near the India-Pakistan Chachwal border outpost. (file photo)
India has sounded high alert along its border with Pakistan as well as in the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir as part of stepped up security measures for the country’s Independence Day celebrations.
According to the Indian army the measure was adopted amid increasing number of ceasefire violations across the Line of Control that divides Indian and Pakistani-administered Kashmir.
"High alert has been sounded by security forces along the Line of Control (LoC) to foil designs of infiltrations and also increased ceasefire violations in the state," said a senior Indian army officer.
India is celebrating its independence day on 15th of August, Just a day after of Pakistan on 14th August.
"Militants are staged along the border line to infiltrate into this side. The firing and ceasefire violations are aimed at pushing in militants to this side. But our troops are alert and foiling their designs," the officer added.
Security has also been increased in Jammu, Kathua and Samba sectors, where a tunnel from Pakistan was allegedly discovered on July 28.
"Security has been beefed up and round-the-clock patrolling is being done to ensure peace along the border. Additional security has been put on the job," a Border Security Force officer said.
There have been several Ceasefire violations on India-Pakistan Border and LoC during past one month. India alleged that Pakistan fired on Indian Post without any provocation, in which three Indian Soldiers were injured.
Kashmir lies at the heart of more than 60 years of hostility between India and Pakistan. Both countries claim the region in full but each only has control over a section of the territory.