Decline in infiltration bids on Indo-Bangladesh, Indo-Pak borders during 2008-2010 (till June)

July 28th, 2010 - 10:45 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, July 28 (ANI): The Government on Wednesday said there has been a decline in infiltrations at the Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-Pakistan borders, a devopment observed by the number of apprehended infiltrators on these borders during 2008 to 2010 (till June).

In a written reply to a question, Minister of State for Home Affairs M.Ramachandran stated that there are no significant incidences of infiltration on Indo-Nepal, Indo-Bhutan,Indo-Myanmar and Indo-China borders. Similarly, there are no reports to indicate the infiltration bids from sea into the coastal areas. Although Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-Pakistan borders are prone to infiltration, number of apprehended infiltrators on these borders during the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 (upto June) indicate a decline as shown below :

Year No.of persons apprehended for infiltration Total Indo-Pak border Indo-Bangladesh border

2008 136 3175 33112009 83 2460 25432010 64 939 1003(upto June)

Details of infiltrators apprehended/killed and number of casualties of Border SecurityForce personnel during the year 2009 and 2010 on Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-Pakistanborders are as under :

Year Indo-Pakistan border Indo-Bangladesh border Infiltrators Infiltrators Casualities of Infiltrators Infiltrators Casualities apprehended killed BSF personnel apprehended killed of BSF personnel in action in action 2009 83 11 11 2460 16 2 2010(Upto 64 11 2 939 13 1 July 15)

Regarding the sea borders, as per the information available, during the year 2009-10, a total of 166 fishing boats of Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Myanmar have been apprehended along with 959 crew, whilst fishing in Indian waters, for violation under Maritime Zone of India Nationality-wise details of infiltrators apprehended during 2010 are indicated below :

Indo Pakistan border (Nos.) Indo Bangladesh border (Nos.) Indians Bangladeshis Pakistanis others Total Indians Bangladeshis others Total2010 — 05 58 01 64 117 806 16 939 (UptoJuly 15) There are no confirmed reports suggesting that infiltrators have created current disturbance in Srinagar.

The minister stated that the Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-borderinfiltration which, inter-alia, includes round the clock surveillance & patrolling on the bordersand establishment of observation posts; construction of border fencing and flood lighting;introduction of modern and hi-tech surveillance equipment; upgradation of intelligence set upand coordination with the State Governments and concerned intelligence agencies.

The steps, inter-alia, been taken by the Government for strengthening the coastal security apparatus and to check infiltration from the sea include–(i) The Indian Coast Guard has been additionally designated as the authority responsible for coastal security in territorial waters, including areas to bepatrolled by the Coastal Police, (ii) Enhancement of patrolling and surveillance in coastal areas by Coastal Police,the Coast Guard, Customs and the Indian Navy.(iii) Setting up of 12 additional Coast Guard Stations. (ANI)

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