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Infiltration: 94 militants killed in 777 incidents: GoI

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‘29 Army-men killed since 2015 in attacks on camps, def stations in JK’

New Delhi, Mar 07: There were 777 incidents of infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir in which 94 militants were killed in past two years, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said there were 16 incidents of infiltration into Punjab in which seven militants were killed and 11 others were apprehended in past two years.

Replying to a written question, Rijiju said there were 406 cases of infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir in 2017 in which 59 militants were killed.

In 2016, there were 371 incidents of infiltration into the state in which 35 militants were killed and three were arrested, he said.

The minister said government forces have been carrying out effective domination through round-the-clock surveillance, patrolling, border ambushes and by deploying observation posts along the international borders of the country.

“The riverine segments of international borders of the country are being patrolled and dominated with the help of water crafts/speed boats/floating Border Out Posts (BOPs) of Border Security Force (BSF) water wings,” he said.

Rijiju said introduction of force multipliers and hi-tech surveillance equipment fully-equipped with day and night vision devices have enhanced the border domination.

“Vulnerability mapping of entire border has been made a continuous process based on which sensitive spots are identified and adequate measures are taken to further strengthen security in these spots,” he said.

The minister said it has also been decided to deploy technological solutions in the form of Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS), on a pilot basis to begin with, in different terrains on India-Pakistan border and India-Bangladesh border.

The technological solutions are based on integration of sensors and surveillance equipment like radars, day and night vision cameras etc. in a network architecture with command and control system, he said.

Meanwhile, the government informed the Lok Sabha today that twenty-nine Army personnel lost their lives in nine militant attacks on defence stations and Army camps in Jammu and Kashmir since 2015,.

Twenty militants were killed and two civilians lost their lives in the attacks, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said in a written response to a question in the Lower House.

The highest casualty was in 2016, when a group of militants stormed an Army camp in Uri, resulting in the death of 26 personnel.

This year, one militant attack was reported on an Army camp in Jammu, claiming the lives of six Army personnel.

“The Army carries out in-depth analysis of the terrorists incidents and security breaches that are identified with various incidents. Perimeter security projects of all the armed forces have been sanctioned by the government,” Bhamre  said.

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