November 2002 News

Infiltration down 54%: Army chief

8 November 2002
The Asian Age

Bhubaneswar: Infiltration of Pakistan-sponsored militants into India has come down significantly this year, the Army Chief, General S. Padmanabhan, said here on Thursday evening. Gen. Padmanabhan, who is currently on a three-day visit to Orissa, told reporters that the infiltration rate has declined 54 per cent. ''If we take the year 2001 recording 100 per cent infiltration, the percentage in 2002 would then be 46,'' he said. On the reasons for the fall in the infiltration rate, Gen. Padmanabhan said, ''We have no magic wand to drive the infiltrators out. There are many reasons and weaknesses too. Cross-border terrorism can only be checked by winning the confidence of the people living in the border areas who often help the terrorists sneak into the country.'' Asked whether Al Qaeda militants had entered India through the Bangladesh border, the Army Chief said he had heard that militants had entered Bangladesh but there was no authentic intelligence report about it. He, however, said, ''We will know what to do with them if they are detected in the country.''


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