Marginal drop in infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir

November 27th, 2007 - 7:28 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Nov.27 (ANI): Infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir during 2007 dropped marginally in comparison to the previous two years.
According to Sriprakash Jaiswal, Minister of State for Home, there were an estimated 499 infiltrations in 2007, whereas in 2005 and 2006, the figure was 597 and 573 respectively.
Jaiswal further said that these figures pertained to those militants who had been apprehended or killed while crossing the LoC/borders.
As per available information, over 4000 illegal weapons, including AK-47 Rifles, Pistols/Revolvers, UMGs/LMGs, Rocket Launchers/Boosters and huge quantities of ammunition and explosives/IEDs have also been recovered in the state.
Around 450 kgs of narcotics/heroin, suspected to have been sourced from Pakistan, was also seized in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab sectors during the last three years.
The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in terms of the number of terrorist incidents and casualties has improved significantly during the last three years, Jaiswal said.
Fifty-four espionage modules were also busted in different parts of the country during the period from 2005 to 31.10.2007, Jaiswal said.
He also said that in order to optimize intelligence flow and coordination between multifarious agencies at the Centre and in the States in the field of counter-terrorism and counter- intelligence, a Multi-Agency Centre (MAC) and Joint Task Force on Intelligence (JTFI) has been created in the Intelligence Bureau at Delhi, supported by Subsidiary Multi-Agency Centres (SMACs) at almost all State capitals.
Steps have also been taken to strengthen counter-intelligence apparatus in the Intelligence Bureau, he added.
States have also been asked to revamp their respective Special Branches by way of filling up of vacancies; posting of competent officers in Special Branches; mandatory tenure preferably of five years for personnel in Special Branches and linkage of this requirement with promotion; system of incentives/disincentives; dedicated staff for intelligence work right up to the police stations level and re-activating beat constable system; making available modern equipment and gadgets for interception; special training for personnel posted in Special Branches and earmarking of up to five percent of their annual allocations under the Scheme for Modernisation of State Police Forces for strengthening of Special Branches. (ANI)

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