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Ceasefire violations: Sushilkumar Shinde visits J&K to take stock of security situation

Jammu, PTI | Updated : 22 October 2013, 12:20 PM

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde reached Samba in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday to review border security situation.

His visit comes amidst continous escalation in ceasefire violations by Pakistan recently.

"Looking at last year's record, we are not worried. This year, however, we are worried because of the increased infiltration. I have been discussing this with my officers about the reasons behind the infiltration," Shinde said while addressing the troops in Samba.

"We have come here to promise you that we stand by you, the country stands by you," said Shinde.

"The CAPF are not given the status of ex-servicemen like the defence forces. When I said this to the PM, he asked me to bring a note regarding this in the Cabinet. You all will be happy to know that CAPF have been granted the status of ex-servicemen," Shinde said.

He also said that the Ministry is considering extending few more benefits to CAPF personnel.

The Home Minister will also hold meeting with BSF personnel in Samba from where he will fly to Hira Nagar police station area where four people, including a police official, were gunned down on September 26 by terrorists.   

He may visit Army installation which had also come under terror attack. A Lt Col and three jawans were killed while a Colonel was injured in the incident.   

Later, the Home Minister will jointly chair a meeting of Unified Headquarters with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during which review of the situation would be done, the sources said.   

The meeting will be attended by top brass of state police, Army, BSF and CRPF besides officials from intelligence agencies and Union Home Ministry.   

136 ceasefire violations have been reported so far this year, the highest in the past eight years. Even today, Pakistani Rangers opened fire at 10 border posts, injuring two persons. 

First Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 07:47 AM
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