Centre directs vigil as infiltration attempts rise



New Delhi: Concerned over repeated infiltration attempts, the Centre has directed security forces to intensify vigil along the border and take necessary steps to foil any attempt by Pakistan-based elements to push terrorists into India.

Home Ministry officials said at least 60 infiltration bids have taken place along the border in Jammu and Kashmir till August this year and apprehend that such attempts will intensify in the coming days till the onset of winter.

Besides, intelligence reports also suggested that around 2,500 terrorists are active in training camps and launching pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and some other areas in Pakistan and all of them were primarily trained to infiltrate into India.

"We are concerned over the repeated attempts of infiltration.

"We have directed our forces to keep a strict vigil and foil all attempts to cross the border," an official said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too had said that there are reports of cross border camps being reactivated and of attempts to induct fresh batches of militants into the country.

According to the Home Ministry estimate, infiltration attempts have shown a marginal increase during 2010 in comparison to 2009.

While there were 489 infiltration attempts in 2010, there were 485 such attempts in 2009.

As per available inputs of central intelligence and security agencies, Pakistan has taken no steps to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure in the territory under its control.

"This infrastructure continues to be sponsored by ISI to recruit, train, finance, arm and infiltrate terrorists into India," the official said.

Also, there has been an increase in incidents of ceasefire violation along the Line of Control.

At least 23 incidents of ceasefire violation have been reported along the LoC till August this year.

There were 77 ceasefire violation in 2008 which came down to 28 in 2009 but further increased to 44 in 2010.

PTI