15,000 bunkers sanctioned for people living along LoC, IB: Centre

The Union Minister of State for Home, G Kishan Reddy said on Thursday the Centre has sanctioned construction of 15000 bunkers along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) to mitigate hardships faced by the people.

The Minister said 2,753 incidents of ceasefire violations were witnessed in J&K this year against 2,140 in 2018.

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, the minister said the government of India has sanctioned construction of 14,460 bunkers along the LoC and the IB.

“In 2018, at least 2140 incidents of ceasefire violations were witnessed in J&K while as 2753 such incidents were reported up to October 2019,” the minister said, adding 37 civilians were killed in ceasefire violations in 2018 while as 15 civilians died this year so far in the ceasefire violations in J&K.”

He said since August 5 no person died in police firing during law and order related incidents. “During the same period, three security forces personnel and 17 civilians were killed in militancy related incidents while as 129 persons got injured,” the Minister said.

He disclosed the infiltration attempts this year were the lowest compared to the previous years. The Minister said in 2018, 328 infiltration attempts were registered while as this year 171 such attempts were witnessed up to October 2019.

“Multi-pronged approach has been adopted by the government of India to contain cross-border infiltration that includes multi-tiered deployment along the international border, LoC, border fencing improved intelligence and operational coordination, equipping security forces with advanced weapons and taking pro-active action against infiltrators,” the reply said.

The Minister said the Centre has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards militancy and security forces were taking effective and continuous action in countering militancy.

“In 2018, at least 614 militancy related incidents were witnessed in which 39 civilians were killed. Ninety one security forces personnel were killed in 2018 as well,” the MoS Home said.

He said in the ongoing year, up to November 17, at least 594 militancy related incidents were registered and 37 civilians were killed. He said 79 security forces personnel were also killed in the ongoing year till November 17.