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LoC intrusions touch 4-year high

As per the data available with the Army, which is deployed along the Line of Cotrol (LoC), at least 33 infiltration bids were foiled this year.

The 740-km LoC is under the operational control of the Army and the 192 km International Boundary (IB) in Jammu is manned by the Border Security Force (BSF).

In 2014, when the NDA government came to power, the maximum cross-border firing took place along the densely populated border areas in Jammu region along the IB.

Seeing a pattern

“In 2014, the cross-border firing at IB stood at 430 and this year it came down to 110. We are seeing a reverse in the pattern as Pakistan has become desperate to push in terrorists from LoC. Any violence along IB attracts international scrutiny as it is a settled boundary and any retaliation affects people on the other side as well,” the official said.

The year also saw a record number of terrorists being killed in J&K even as the number of terror-related incidents, 335, were at a four-year-high.

On Wednesday, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said the incidents of stone-pelting against security forces in J&K had come down from 2,808 in 2016 to 1,198 till November this year.

He said an adequate number of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) personnel were deployed in J&K to assist the State government in maintaining public order.

Earlier the LS was informed that after the “surgical strikes” last year, there were 341 terror incidents in J&K from November 1, 2016, to October 31, 2017 in comparison to 311 such incidents in the corresponding period the previous year.