47 infiltration bids reported along LoC in last 6 months: MHA in Rajya Sabha

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New Delhi (NVI): The Union Home Ministry today said in the Parliament that 47 infiltration bids have been reported along the Indo-Pak border by Pakistan during the last six months with the highest number of attempts made in the month of April.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

At least 24 infiltration bids were made in April, followed by 11 in July, 8 in May and 4 in March, as per the MHA statement in the Upper House.

“The Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross border infiltration, which inter-alia include multi-tiered deployment along the International border/Line of Control, improved intelligence and operational coordination, border fencing, deploying technological solutions and taking pro-active action against infiltrators,” Rai said in a written reply to a question.

The MHA’s written response was to a question from BJP Rajya Sabha member Anil Agrawal, who asked whether cases of infiltration from Pakistan and China had increased in the last six months and what steps were being taken by the government.

However, on infiltration attempts made from China, Rai said: “No infiltration has been reported along Indo-China border during last six months”.

The MHA statement was based on infliltration attempts made by Pakistan and China along their respective borders with India. It comes amid a long stand-off between India and China at LAC in Ladakh and multiple instances of Chinese transgressions at the Line of Actual Control which have been thwarted by the Indian troops deployed in the area.

Indian and Chinese troops are locked in a bitter standoff in eastern Ladakh following provocative actions by China since April this year.

Amid an escalating border row with China, more than 50,000 Indian troops are likely to remain stationed through winter months to deal with any provocation by China’s PLA. With no end in sight to the tense stand-off in Ladakh, Indian troops have also ramped up efforts to boost border infrastructure to deal with any situation.

-ARK