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There were 99 terrorist infiltration attempts in 2020, says Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy

While the number of infiltration attempts has come down, on the contrary, the incidents of terrorists shot down by Indian Armed Forces along the borders have recorded a spike.

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MoS for Home Affairs G K Reddy in Rajya Sabha (Feb 8)

The Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy apprised the Rajya Sabha that terrorist infiltrations have come down significantly in 2020 from the previous year. According to Reddy, there were 99 attempts of infiltration in 2020 as against 216 attempts. Meanwhile, the number of people injured due to ceasefire violations have also come down significantly. According to Reddy, only 71 people were injured in 2020, a sharp decrease from 127 people injured in 2019.

“127 people were injured in ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2019, in 2020 only 71 people were injured. In 2019 there were 216 attempts of infiltration, in 2020 there were 99 such attempts,” said MoS Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy in Rajya Sabha on Monday (Feb 8).

While the number of infiltration attempts has come down, on the contrary, the incidents of terrorists shot down by Indian Armed Forces along the borders have recorded a spike. MoS Reddy said that the number of terrorists neutralised in 2020 rose to 221, up from 157 terrorists shot dead in 2019. On the positive side, there was a decrease in the number of cases of terrorist violence in 2020. There were about 244 cases of terrorist violence reported in the country, which is more than half the 594 cases reported in 2019. There was a sharp decrease in the number of stone-pelting incidences too, down from a whopping 2,009 incidents in 2019 to just 327 stone pelting incidents in 2020.

“157 terrorists were neutralized in 2019, and 221 were eliminated in 2020. There were 594 cases of terrorist violence in 2019, that reduced to 244 in 2020. There were 327 stone pelting incidents in 2020 as compared to 2,009 such incidents in 2019,” MoS Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said.

On Monday (Feb 8), Border Security Force (BSF) shot down a Pakistani intruder near the international India-Pakistan border in the Jammu sector. At around 9: 45 am, BSF troops spotted a Pakistani intruder heading towards BS fence near the border outpost (BOP) Chak Faquira in Sector Samba of Kathua district and eliminated the intruder some 40 metres away from the International border. The BSF is guarding force the 6,386.36 kms long International Borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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According to the BSF, Pakistan has been making attempts to infiltrate into India from Gujarat and Rajasthan borders as well. As per data compiled by the BSF, in 2019 there were no attempts of infiltration from Gujarat and Rajasthan borders, however, BSF recorded infiltration incidents at the Rajashthan and Gujarat frontier, in August and September 2020. Officials claimed that Pakistan is exploring other ways to send terrorists as well.