52 terrorists tried to infiltrate till June 2011
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 22:08
New Delhi: In the first six months this year, 52 terrorists attempted to infiltrate into the Indian territory from the Line of Control as against 489 last year, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Replying to a question on infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir, Defence Minister A K Antony said, "As per the assessment of Multi Agency Centre (MAC), till June 2011, 52 terrorists attempted to infiltrate as compared to 489 in 2010."

Observing that no military outpost on the Indo-Pak border was lying attended, Antony said that no attempt was made by terrorists to capture these outpost.

Informing the House on number of terrorists killed, the Minister said, "The Army has killed two terrorists trying to infiltrate along the Line of Control in J and K till date in 2011 and in 2010 it had killed 38 terrorists," he said.

He said, "In recent past, Pakistani troops have resorted to firing and violated ceasefire on LoC two times in June and three times in July this year using small arms, machine guns and rocket launchers."

No Indian soldier was killed and there was no loss to Indian posts in the firing, he said.

On investigation done by the Ministry, Antony said, "All incidents of ceasefire violation are investigated and protests are lodged with Pakistan Military authorities at appropriate level through established mechanism of hotlines, flag meetings and talks between Director Generals of Military Operations."

Replying to a question on Defence Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan, Antony said both the countries have agreed to continue the dialogue process and have acknowledged the ceasefire on the LoC.

"Both sides acknowledged that ceasefire was holding since November 2003 and presented their positions and suggestions towards the resolution of Siachen," he said.

Defence Secretary level-talks between India and Pakistan on Siachen were held on May 30-31, 2011 in New Delhi.

The Minister told the House both sides agreed to continue the discussion and to meet again at a mutually convenient date in Islamabad.

On infiltration by Somali pirates off the Gujarat coast, the Minister said coastal surveillance and patrolling have been enhanced in the area.

"In two separate incidents on 19 and 26 June this year, 38 persons, out of which 32 are of Somalian origin, were apprehended by the police off the Gujarat coast and interrogated by concerned agencies," he said.

Joint and operational exercises are taking place on regular basis among the Navy, Coast Guard, Coastal State Police, Customs and others under integrated approach adopted for coastal security, he said.

Informing the House on new Coastal Police Stations, he said, "10 Coastal Police Stations under coastal security scheme have been made operational including one at Hazira. A new Regional Headquarter of Coast Guard has been set up at Gandhinagar."


First Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 22:08

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