New Delhi: As the opposition targeted the government for failing to effectively deal with terror, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde today cited figures on reduced terrorist incidents in Kashmir in the last eight years to claim otherwise but admitted that intelligence has to improve.
"I admit our intelligence should be more powerful," Shinde said while replying to members in the Rajya Sabha after making a statement on yesterday`s fidayeen attack in Kashmir in which five CRPF jawans were killed and 17 others were injured.
Citing figures to support his contention that terrorist incidents in Kashmir had reduced, Shinde said against 1990 incidents in 2005 in which 189 security personnel, 970 terrorists and 557 civilians were killed, the number of such incidents reduced to only 220 in 2012 where only 15 security personnel and 15 civilians, besides 72 terrorists were killed.
The Home Minister said against 406 infiltration attempts in the Kashmir Valley in 2005 of which 255 were successful, such infiltration attempts were reduced to only 222 in 2012 and 121 of these were successful.
Shinde said that the government was seized of the issue terrorist training camps in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir and was "keeping a watch on such camps".
The Minister said the three-fold fencing along the international border had helped to a large extent in checking cases of infiltration and the reduced terror incidents.
He said he would be visiting Gujarat on 25th of this month to help strengthen the international border and have fencing there to avoid any infiltration bids from across the border.
Shinde said the number of terrorist incidents in the Kashmir Valley had reduced gradually over the years since 2005.
He, however, said the infiltration attempts in the Valley had increased to 222 in 2012 against 188 in 2011 and 288 in 2010. Of these, 121 were successful in 2012 against only 52 successful attempts in 2010 and 82 in 2010 in the Valley.
The infiltration attempts in 2006 were 355 and Kashmir Valley and 218 in Jammu region of which 251 and 92 respectively were successful.
On terrorist incidents, he said there were 340 of them in 2011 in which 33 security personnel, 31 civilians and 100 terrorists were killed, while there were as many as 488 such incidents in 2010 in which 69 security personnel and 47 civilians and 232 terrorists were killed.
In 2008, Shinde said there were 708 incident in which 75 security personnel, 91 civilians and 339 terrorists were killed, against 499 incidents in 2009 in which 79 security personnel, 71 civilians and 239 terrorists were killed.