Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI
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New Delhi: No infiltration of individuals has been reported along the India-China border in the last six months, but 47 cases of attempted infiltration along the India-Pakistan border were reported until July, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in Rajya Sabha Wednesday.

“No infiltration has been reported along the Indo-China border during the last six months,” Minister of State (Home) Nityanand Rai stated in response to a query regarding infiltration by BJP leader Dr Anil Agrawal.

Sharing data in a written reply, accessed by ThePrint, regarding infiltration from Pakistan until July, Rai stated a maximum of 24 attempts of infiltration were made in April.

In February, there were zero attempts, while March recorded 4 attempts, May recorded 8 attempts, June again had zero attempts and in July, 11 such attempts were made from Pakistan, data showed. The figures for January were, however, not furnished.

Talking about the steps being taken to deal with the matter, Rai said that the Modi government “has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration”.

“The government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration, which inter-alia include multi-tiered deployment along the International Border/Line of Control, improved intelligence and operational coordination, border fencing, deploying technological solutions and taking proactive action against infiltrators,” Rai stated.

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‘Infiltration by Pakistani militants in J&K reduced’

According to the data shared by Rai on infiltration, attempts to cross over and estimates of successful cross over in J&K have reduced as compared to 2018 and 2019.

In 2018, there were 328 attempts made and 143 estimated infiltration into India from Pakistan. It reduced in 2019, with 210 attempts and 141 estimated infiltration. 

In 2020, until 9 July, there have been 47 attempts of infiltration and 28 estimated infiltration that took place from Pakistan, the data showed.

Rai told the Rajya Sabha: “… all necessary precautions and preventive steps, including Cordon and Search Operations (CASO), are undertaken by the security forces in a proactive manner to flush out terrorists.”

More terrorists killed this year

According to the data shared by Rai with Rajya Sabha, the number of terrorists killed in 2020 until July were more than the number of terrorists killed in the whole of 2019.

The data showed that 157 terrorists were killed in 2019 and 168 terrorists in 2020 until July. In 2018, 257 terrorists were killed.

Also, in 2018, 17 terrorists were arrested, in 2019, this figure was 20 and in 2020, until July, 9 terrorists have been arrested, according to the data.

The data also showed that 37 Army personnel lost their lives in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018, in 2019, 21 personnel were killed and in 2020, 18 personnel lost their lives. 

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