The ‘zero’ infiltration relates to the period that saw skirmishes between the Indian and Chinese troops along the LAC. MoS (home) Nityanand Rai, while replying to a question in the Upper House, however said there were 47 infiltration attempts along the Indo-Pakistan border between February and July 2020, of which four were in March, 24 in April, eight in May and 11 in July.
Rai’s colleague, MoS G Kishan Reddy, in a reply to a different question said 28 of the 47 attempts were successful. Rai said the government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration, which includes multi-tiered deployment along the international border/LAC, improved intelligence and operational coordination, border fencing, deploying technological solutions and taking pro-active action against infiltrators.
During 2019, there were 219 infiltration attempts along the Indo-Pakistan border in J&K, of which 141 were successful. In 2018, of the 328 attempts, 143 went through. Reddy said 26 civilians and 25 security force personnel were killed in J&K between August 5, 2019 and September 9, 2020 in ceasefire violations. As many as 45 civilians and 49 personnel were killed in terror incidents in J&K during this period. The home ministry also said 168 terrorists were neutralised in J&K till September 9 this year, as compared to 157 in 2019 and 257 in 2018. As many as 78 Army personnel were martyred in J&K since 2018, including 18 till September 9 this year, 21 in 2019 and 37 in 2018.