J&K ceasefire boosted ultras
24 July 2001
New Delhi: The government today admitted that there was almost 40 per cent increase in militant activities and a 20 per cent increase in the killing of security personnel during the ceasefire in J&K. The home ministry tabled statistics in the Lok Sabha which said that during the 185 days before the ceasefire, 1,672 incidents of violence took place in which 223 security personnel were killed. The figure, however, shot up to 2,142 during the 185-day ceasefire. In all, 266 security personnel lost their lives during the period. The number of militants killed, however, reduced from 985 to 597. Quoting intelligence reports, the minister of state for home, Mr Vidya Sagar Rao, said the ISI is engaging young women as “overground” workers. Mr Rao defended the ceasefire decision, but said security forces had launched a counter-terrorism campaign in the hinterland and near the LoC and international border to check infiltration and militancy. At the same time, he said, the government had kept its doors open for talks with all groups in the state. Troops exchange fire: Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged heavy fire along the international border and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu division, where five militants were gunned down during an infiltration bid since last night, a defence spokesman said here today, adds PTI from Jammu.