Infiltration into Kashmir down in last five years


New Delhi: Infiltration attempts and the number of terrorists successfully entering Jammu and Kashmir from across the Pakistani border has come down in the last five years based on figure collated by intelligence agencies, parliament was informed Wednesday.

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Defence Minister A.K. Antony told the Rajya Sabha during question hour that only 103 terrorists had attempted to infiltrate from January to June this year. Just 38 were successfull.

The numbers were 342 in 2008, 485 in 2009, 489 in 2010 and 247 in 2011. Of them, 57 terrorists were successfull in 2008, 114 in 2009, 95 in 2010 and 52 in 2011.

These figures are based on the assessment of the Multi-Agency Centre on Infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir.

The security forces have not apprehended any terrorists and none have surrendered this year.

But in 2008, the number of apprehended/surrendered terrorists was six. The figure was nine in 2009 and one each in 2010 and 2011, Antony added.

The minister also noted that Bangladesh border is where the security forces have apprehended the largest number of persons who tried crossing into India.

Till this July, the security forces caught 456 persons along the Bangladesh border. The figures were 2,694 for 2008, 1,851 for 2009, 1,280 for 2010 and 586 for 2011, Antony informed the house.

In the case of the China border, the numbers are very low. In 2008 and 2009, the security forces had caught only one person each year crossing over into India. The number was two in 2010, but shot up to 10 in 2011.

This year, the Indian security forces had nabbed only two people at the Chinese border till July.