646 incidents of ceasefire violations along IB, LoC till Feb 23: MoS Defence
New Delhi, Mar 4:
There were a total of 646 incidents of ceasefire violations along the
Indo-Pakistan International Border (IB) as well as the Line of Control (LoC)
between January 1 and February 23 this year, Minister of State for Defence
Shripad Naik said on Wednesday.
been 27 encounters with terrorists in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir
(J&K) since August 5 last year to February 23 this year. Forty five
militants were neutralised and 7 security force personnel were also
martyred,” the minister stated.
On August 5 last
year, the Central government had revoked Article 370 to take away Jammu and
Kashmir”s special status, and bifurcated the state into two union territories,
Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
addition, 132 cases of cross border firing from August 5, 2019 to December 31,
2019 and 41 cases of cross border firing between January 1 and February 15 this
year along the international border and LOC in union territory of J&K were
committed,” Naik stated.
In a written
reply to a question in Lok Sabha, the minister said that during 2019, there
were 1,586 incidents of ceasefire violations at the LoC and Indo-Pakistan