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Pak-backed militants record 3-fold jump in infiltration bids

19 Apr 2017 | By Gaurav Jeyaraman
Militants gather at LoC with Pak support

Intelligence sources have stated that a large number of militants have gathered on the Pakistani side of the LoC and are awaiting opportunities to infiltrate. They have the tacit support of the Pakistani Army too.

Sources revealed that there has been a 3-fold jump in infiltration attempts in 2016.

Forces have been put on high-alert and counter-insurgency operations are being set-up.

In context: Militants gather at LoC with Pak support

19 Apr 2017Pak-backed militants record 3-fold jump in infiltration bids

InfiltrationHow infiltration bids are on the rise

The Home Ministry released data detailing the spurt in infiltration attempts and terror incidences in the last 3 years.

According to the data, there were 364 infiltration attempts last year compared to 121 in 2015, of which 112 successfully infiltrated last year, as against 33 in 2015.

The numbers are far greater than those from just 3 years ago.

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Increase in terror incidents

TerrorIncrease in terror incidents

The government also recorded a 54.81% increase in the number of terrorist incidents and 110.25% increase in fatalities of security forces.

150 militants were killed in 2016 compared to 108 in 2015, while 82 security force men were killed in 2016 compared to 39 in 2015.

However, the government also recorded an 11.7% decrease in the number of civilian casualties.

Authorities reassure citizens of security

Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir sought to reassure citizens about the matter, saying "the Army is doing its best to stop the infiltration." He said additional deployments had already been made for any contingencies.