For army snipers on LoC, ‘Dushman Sikaar, Hum Sikari’ is the mantra
For army snipers donning the camouflaged battle-gear, “Dushmun Sikaar, Hum Sikaari” is the “duty mantra” as they guard the highly sensitive Line of Control (LoC).
Ply boards with “Dushman Sikaar, Hum Sikari” written on them dot the pine tree tops on the foot-tracks of patrolling parties and border woods along LoC.
LoC snipers and soldiers, whose morale has gone further up post surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads in PoK, are out to give befitting reply to any ceasefire violation by Pakistan and foil infiltration attempts of terrorists and Border Action Teams (BATs).
Pointing towards a ply-card motto nailed to a pine tree on foot-patrolling track along three-tier fence, Sniper Ram Singh (name changed) said, “The enemy sitting across the Lakshman Rekha (LoC) is my prey and I am his hunter. We work as per this motto for those daring to cross this Lakshman Rekha.”
Singh, along with other snipers, are highly trained and target hitting soldiers meant to hit specific enemies daring to breach LoC.
Like snipers, the motto is no different for jawans and officers monitoring the forward post and undertake foot patrolling along LoC amid electronic surveillance put to guard the Indo-Pak border in Noushera sector of Rajouri district, which falls opposite to the Bhimbher district of PoK, where the heavily armed special forces in pre-dawn surgical strike hit at terror launch pads last month.
Noushera sector with thick coniferous woods, deep valleys, rock-cut mountains is now a target of the Pakistan Armed troops post surgical strike defeat.
The Noushera sector was once biggest infiltration area as there were huge launching pads and terrorist training camps in Bhimbher-Samahni-Nikyal belt across LoC.
“We are most vigilant along LoC. We cannot even for a moment keep LoC out of the manual and electronic sight. We cannot trust Pakistani troops. They are insulted following surgical strike,” said another soldier at the forward post.