55 terrorists killed during infiltration since Jan.: Parrikar


Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that at least 55 terrorists were killed during their infiltration bid from across the border into Indian territory since January this year, while the country had lost 17 jawans in line of duty.

Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of an interactive meeting with entrepreneurs here on Monday, he said that terrorist infiltration could be prevented by elimination only. The casualties on the terrorist side was 55 against 17 Indian soldiers killed during the last eight months, which indicated that terrorist-to-Indian jawan ratio on casualties was 1:4.

The number of terrorists killed during the period was due to army interceptions, he added.

To a question, he said that no foreign nation had constructed any road inside Indian territory. The Union government was laying roads to connect its borders at the earliest possible.

‘Make in India’

Earlier, he interacted with existing and prospective entrepreneurs and stressed the need to adopt the “Make in India” programme initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that the Union government had taken several steps to simplify rules and regulations to attract investments in various industrial activities.

He also took time out to view the products manufactured by the city-based Servocontrols Aerospace (I) Pvt. Ltd., a company which supplied ‘Position Sensors’ used in the space mission (Mangalayaana) last year. Managing Director of the company Deepak V. Dhadoti highlighted the potential of Belagavi for investments, particularly in the defence manufacturing sector.

Mahadayi water

Mr. Parrikar declined to comment on issues related to sharing Mahadayi waters stating that the matter was before the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal and he could not invite contempt of court and left the venue.

Suresh C. Angadi, MP, Prabhakar Kore, Rajya Sabha member, Sanjay B. Patil, MLA, and Abhay Patil, former MLA, were present.

‘Casualties on the terrorist side was 55 against 17 Indian soldiers killed during the last eight months’

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