‘Attempts to sabotage polls in Jammu and Kashmir will be foiled’

July 22nd, 2008 - 8:51 pm ICT by IANS  


New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) With the number of infiltration bids from across the border and terror attacks increasing in Jammu and Kashmir, Defence Minister A.K. Antony Tuesday said no stone will be left unturned to ensure free and fair elections scheduled for October in the state. “The government and security forces have a single point agenda to ensure that elections in Jammu and Kashmir are held in a peaceful and fair manner,” Antony said in a seminar here.

“We have reports that more attempts (of infiltration) would be made in the next few months in the run up to the elections. No effort would be spared to defeat these attempts of anti-national forces,” he added.

In the most recent attack on an Indian Army convoy July 19, seven soldiers were killed and 14 were injured.

Antony condemned the militant attack saying: “This kind of cowardly attack will not deter the government from its path of holding free and fair elections in (Jammu and Kashmir) later this year.”

According to the army, 161 infiltration bids have taken place in the past six months.

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