Infiltration Up But J&K Violence Down
7 July 2004
The Times of India
New Delhi: While infiltration along the Line of Control and the international border in Jammu and Kashmir has gone up in the last three months, violence by terrorist groups that feed on this infiltration has come down, the government said on Tuesday. However, the latest statistics reveal that tourists have become special targets of terrorists this year. Five tourists were killed and 17 injured on June 15, when none was killed during 2003. Confirming The Times of India's report, the government said in Parliament that with the opening of the passes in Jammu and Kashmir, there has been an increase in the infiltration of terrorists from across the Line of Control (LoC) and international border during April-June compared to January-March this year. This is a recurring phenomenon basically guided by the climatic conditions. Union home minister Shivraj Patil had also said on Saturday that the level of infiltration had gone up during the last three months as compared to the first quarter of this year. At the same time, Patil had emphasised that wherever the fencing had been completed as the border area adequately lighted, it had made infiltration difficult. The need to accelerate the fencing work and plug some of the sensitive areas was also decided at a review of the entire border undertaken last week. The number of infiltration incidents till June 30 this year numbered 30 against 138 and 164 during 2003 and 2002, respectively, minister of state for home affairs Sri Prakash Jaiswal informed the LS. Incidentally, it was Jaiswal who had said last week that infiltration had gone down.