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Terrorists made 433 infiltration attempts into JK in 2009

Source: PTI
December 23, 2009 12:25 IST
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Cross-border infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir is on the rise with militants making 433 such attempts this year, nearly 90 more than last year.

As many as 106 militants infiltrated during these bids this year.

"A total of 433 infiltration attempts were made by the militants along the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir in 2009," a senior police officer said on Wednesday.

Admitting that there has been a surge in infiltration, Director General of Police, J& K, Kuldeep Khoda said measures had been taken by security forces to foil these bids and said it is a matter area of concern at a time when violence has gone down in J&K.

As per police figures, 342 infiltration attempts were made from across the border in 2008, while 2007 and 2006 reported 535 and 573 such attempts along the LoC and the IB in J&K. General Officer Commanding, 16 Corps, Lt Gen Rameshwar Roy said, "In the coming times, we will not allow them to be successful in infiltrating militants into this side as troops are keeping a close guard over the LoC with best training and vigilance."

The highest number of 1,373 infiltration bids took place in 2003 followed by 537 in 2004 and 597 in 2005.

An estimated 57 terrorists crossed over to this side in 2008 along the LoC, followed by 311 militants in 2007 and 317 in 2006.

"We have strengthen the deployment along the International Border, where infiltration bids have shot up. Where we feel there is need for more forces, it is being addressed to on an urgent basis. The winter border management plan has been put in place", Inspector general of Border Security Force, Jammu frontier, A K Sarolia had said.

As many as 41 infiltrating terrorists were killed this year, as against 80 infiltrators last year along the LoC.
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