Infiltration across LoC on rise: MHA to House panel

After a brief lull,violence in J&K is showing an upward trend according to the Ministry of Home Affairs

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published: July 3, 2013 2:10:13 am

After a brief lull,violence in J&K is showing an upward trend according to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). It has informed the consultative committee of Parliament that 69 infiltration attempts have been reported till May as compared to 49 last year during the same period. Officials said of the 42 terror camps with a strength of 2,500 militants,25 are in Pakistan and 17 in PoK.

The MHA said though there is a decline Maoist incidents of violence,their armed capabilities have not suffered much. The BJP took up the issue of IB-CBI tussle over Ishrat Jahan encounter case. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde assured a written reply to the issue. BJP MP from Gorakhpur,Yogi Adityanath,who was present during the meeting said,“We raised the issue of Ishrat Jahan as how can CBI name senior IB officer as an accused. It is a known fact that Ishrat Jahan was a terrorist and even LeT has also claimed that. The human rights of terrorist is more important for the government which is not bothered about the security of our personnel. “

According to internal security note,there is a decline in terrorist activities in the valley but there are “efforts from Pakistan and PoK-based elements to spawn violence in the state by scaling up infiltration and smuggling of arms and ammunition from across the LoC”. The MHA said about 121 terrorists have entered the state in 2012 as compared to 52 in 2011. A new trend to target panchayat members has also become a concern.

There were only nine encounters this year till May as compared to 16 last year. Seven terrorists were killed as compared to 26 last year while number of civilians casuality in the valley rose from five to eight this year.

“Planning and organising terrorist acts from across the border continue. Terrorists active in the hinterland remain a threat. Indian Mujahideen was set up by Pakistan-based terrorist elements to retain deniability and most of the recruits were from India,” the note said.

The MHA said very high quality Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) are being printed and sought to be smuggled to India. “All indications point to this being printed in Pakistan. The quality of FICN is so high that it points to the use of sophisticated currency printing press,currency paper as well as ink and other features used for genuine currency. They point to sovereign involvement,” the note stated.

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