In the last two years, there have been 541 attempts to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir while 65 terrorists were killed in 2013 in encounters with the Indian Army, Defence Minister A. K. Antony informed Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

“In 2012 and 2013, there have been 541 infiltration attempts in Jammu and Kashmir. In 2013, 65 terrorists were killed in Jammu and Kashimir in encounters with the Indian Army,” he said in a written reply.

“No Pakistani soldier was apprehended on the LoC in 2013. However, on February 14, last year, one Pakistan Army soldier was killed while intruding across the LoC in the Naushera sector,” the Defence Minister said.

To a query on the AgustaWestland chopper scam, he said the government has scrapped the VVIP chopper deal with effect from January 1, 2014 on grounds of breach of pre-integrity pact.

“No decision has been taken till date to debar the said company,” the Minister said.

Replying to another query, Mr. Antony said in last five years, three MiG-29 combat aircraft have met with accidents and these mishaps have been investigated by the IAF.

On the issue of large number of services personnel not being able to cast their votes, Mr. Antony said, “The matter relating to the further facilitation of voting by defence personnel has been taken up with the Election Commission of India.”

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