Reports of terrorist infiltration into J&K exaggerated: Home Ministry

April 22nd, 2009 - 9:26 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Apr. 22 (ANI): The Union Home Ministry on Wednesday termed the media reports stating large scale infiltration of armed militants in Gurez Sector of Jammu and Kashmir as “exaggerated,” while clarifying that the actual level of infiltrators is less than one third of the figures widely reported.

“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 & Kashmir. It is clarified that these reports are exaggerated and not based on facts,” a Home Ministry press release read.

The release further stated that the data on infiltration is received from different sources, and assessed periodically.

“Utmost vigilance is being maintained in this regard by the security forces. 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 & Kashmir,” the ministry stated.

“Currently, the level of infiltration is a third of the figures that have been mentioned in the reports,” the release read.

Keeping in view the ongoing election process and the coming tourist season in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Ministry has urged the press to avoid any possibility of exaggeration of facts, which could “create avoidable apprehensions and fear among the people.” (ANI)

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