India dismisses reports of massive infiltration

April 22nd, 2009 - 9:22 pm ICT by IANS  

P. Chidambaram New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) The government Wednesday dismissed reports of large-scale infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir saying they were “exaggerated”.
“A section of the electronic as well as print media has carried reports about large-scale infiltration of armed militants through the Gurez Sector in Jammu and Kashmir. It is clarified that these reports are exaggerated and not based on facts,” the home ministry said in a statement.

According to the current assessment, the level of infiltration is a third of the figures that have been mentioned in the reports.

“The entire security apparatus is fully alert and geared up to foil any designs of the militants, and ensure peaceful polls in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” it said.

Ahead of the snowmelt, militants had infiltrated in large numbers last month, using a treacherous stretch to cross the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector.

At that time, security agencies believed the militants infiltrated in three groups but did not give a figure on how many had crossed over.

A fortnight back, Home Minister P. Chidambaram stated that all the four major militant groups in the Kashmir Valley were working in tandem and termed it as a worrying sign.

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