Infiltration In J&K On Rise: Army
7 November 2004
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: The Army on Sunday said terrorist incursions into Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan were rising, with 12 terrorists killed and four infiltration attempts foiled in the first six days of November.Army's chief spokesman, Major General Deepak Summanwar, said in New Delhi that the figures represented 'the tempo of the terrorists' efforts to infiltrate,' but it was too early to deduce anything. 'What is important is our security apparatus is in place and we have been launching an offensive against infiltrators,' he said. In November last year, 13 terrorists were gunned down and eight infiltration attempts were foiled. But the number of guerrillas gunned down since November 1 this year has already touched 12 as four infiltration attempts were foiled.Army personnel on Saturday shot dead five terrorists - four belonging to the Al Badr outfit in the Uri sector and one in the Poonch sector. Home Minister Shivraj Patil, currently on a visit to Kashmir, had said in October that the situation in the state had improved. 'The number of incidents has come down. In 2002, 11 incidents were taking place every day. In 2003, it came down to nine. In 2004, the number has come down to six. Infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir has also come down,' Patil had said.