Govt. Concerned Over Increase In Infiltration In J&K: Antony

8 August 2009
The Hindu


New Delhi: With army foiling several attempts by militants to sneak into the country from across the Line of Control in recent days, Defence Minister A K Antony on Saturday said the 'increase in infiltration' was a 'matter of concern' for the government. 'Militancy in Jammu and Kashmir has come down substantially but in the last one month, suddenly a tendency of increase in infiltration is there... normally in J and K, on the onset of winter, there is some rise (in infiltration), which is a matter of concern,' he told reporters on the sidelines of a function to inaugurate the Armed Forces Tribunal. Observing that the atmosphere was improving in the state, he said, 'We can't have complacency in Jammu and Kashmir. Eternal vigilance is needed and we can't take any decision regarding the state in a hasty manner.' On August 2, nine militants were killed in five different encounters along the Line of Control in the state. Congratulating the security forces for the peaceful conduct of the Amarnath Yatra, Antony said, 'the militants and terrorists are very upset about the successful conduct of yatra without any incidents.'