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
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
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