October 17, 2019 | 3:12 PM IST

Post Balakot strike, cross-border infiltration dips by 43%

Responding to a written query in the Lok Sabha on the status of cross-border infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir after Balakot, Union Minister for state Nityanand Rai said it has reduced by 43 per cent after February 26.
Furnishing information he said, “Due to concerted and synergised efforts of security forces, the security situation in the state has witnessed an improvement in the first half of this year over the corresponding period of 2018. Net infiltration has reduced by 43 per cent.”

The minister of state for home affairs G Kishan Reddy said in Lok Sabha that there has also been a 28 per cent decline in the terrorists initiated incidents. Also, in addition to the appropriate retaliation to the ceasefire violations by the Indian Army, the electric fence – Anti Infiltration Obstacle System (AIOS) on LoC along Indo-Pak border has proved to be a potent tool to guard against infiltration.

The electricity requirements for the AIOS are being catered through power grid wherever available and through generators at other locations to ensure uninterrupted power supply, says a report.

It may be noted that the central government adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards cross-border infiltration. It had adopted a multi-pronged approach to curb infiltration that includes multi-tiered deployment along the International Border and the Line of Control, border fencing, improved intelligence and operational coordination, provision of improved weapons to security forces and pro-active action against infiltrators.

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