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Ceasefire violations more than doubled in 2018 compared to 2017: LS told

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New Delhi, Feb 12:  The number of ceasefire violations or cross-border firings in Jammu and Kashmir more than doubled in 2018 compared to the previous year, while the casualties the BSF suffered in terms of death of its personnel in these incidents increased by three times,  the government informed Parliament Tuesday.

Such incidents saw a surge in 2018 and continued unabated this year, and 219 cases of cross-border firing or ceasefire violations have been reported up to January 31, meaning an average of seven incidents per day.

In 2018, the number of ceasefire violations was 2,140 which led to death of 14 BSF personnel and injuries to 53 others, Minister of State for Home Hansram G Ahir said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

These figures were quite high compared to 2017 when number of ceasefire violations or cross-border firings was 971, in which four BSF personnel were killed.

The causality figures do not include those of army personnel as they come under the Defence Ministry.

Upto January 31 this year, one BSF personnel was killed and two others injured.

Replying to a question asked jointly by Congress leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sushmita Dev, and V Elimalai of AIADMK, Ahir said that immediate and effective retaliation by the Indian Army and the BSF is carried out on instances of unprovoked firings along the LoC and the International Border.

He said the government has taken steps which includes proper defence preparedness along the international border and holding regular talks with residents of border villages.

He said all violations of ceasefire are taken up with Pakistan authorities at the appropriate levels.

“Diplomatically, India has repeatedly emphasised, including at the highest level, the need for Pakistan to uphold the sanctity of the LoC and abide by the ceasefire commitments along the international border and LoC,” he said.

No link between ISJK and groups operating in Iraq, Syria: MoS Home

Srinagar, Feb 12: A Union minister on Tuesday told Lok Sabha that no specific connection has surfaced between militants belonging to the Islamic State of Jammu & Kashmir (ISJK), an outfit influenced by ISIS ideology, and the groups operating in Iraq and Syria.

“It has been reported that seven local youths have joined ISJK through self-proclamation. Out of these, four militants were killed on 22 June 2018 at Khiram Srigufawara, Anantnag, two were arrested and one is presently active in the valley,” Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said on Tuesday.

According to Press Information Bureau, Ahir stated this in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.




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