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Militancy under control; cross-border elements desperate to foment trouble: LG Murmu

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Jammu: Militancy is under control in Jammu and Kashmir but Pakistan has escalated its efforts to disturb peace with a two-fold increase in ceasefire violations by its troops along the border, Lieutenant Governor Girish Chander Murmu has said.

“Ceasefire violations have doubled. Cross-border elements are desperate,” Murmu told PTI in an interview at the Raj Bhawan here.

The security situation in the Union Territory “is better” as compared to 2018, he said, adding “half of 2019 was under strict restriction. The militancy is under control. The (militancy-related) incidents have decreased.”

Jammu and Kashmir has been under tight security since August 5 last year when the central government announced its decisions to abrogate its special status under the Constitution and divided the erstwhile state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Referring to the rise in ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops, the lieutenant governor said “cross-border elements are desperate” to stage infiltration of terrorists into this side.

Noting that militancy-related incidents increase marginally during the summer, he said, “When the winter period ends, little bit activity increases. They are engaged in infiltrations, as we keep getting information…. Ceasefire violations have doubled. Cross-border elements are desperate (to stage infiltration of terrorists into this side).”

Murmu pointed towards the growing frustration among cross-border elements due to prevailing peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

“They do not digest or tolerate the peace prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5 last year. They are unable to incite people (to stoke trouble and increase violence in J-K). But the public is cooperating. The public is happy. They have got better services during President’s rule,” he said.

He said that somehow there are no internal disturbances, so forces across the border have increased the pitch in border areas by engaging in firing and shelling.

“In the hinterland, it is peaceful,” he added.

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