Infiltration down considerably after surgical strikes: Home Minister

Prime News, National (New Delhi), June 3:- Suggesting that the surgical strikes carried out by the army in Pakistan occupied Kashmir in September last year had had lasting benefits, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said infiltration of terrorists from across the border had declined by 45 per cent after the strikes as compared to the previous six months.

Speaking on the NDA government’s achievements in the last three months, Mr Singh said there had been significant improvement in the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere over the past few years.

“I completely trust the security forces and the people of Jammu and Kashmir…. I assure that we will end terrorism in Kashmir,” the minister said.

He also counted the inability of the ISIS to gain a foothold in the country though India has the world’s second largest population of Muslims as an achievement. “We have been successful in countering the challenges posed by the ISIS,” he said, announcing the arrest of over 90 ISIS sympathisers across the country over the last three years.

Reeling out statistics showing the decline of violent incidents in the country’s hotspots – Jammu and Kashmir, Maoist violence affected areas and the Northeast insurgency – Mr Singh said the government had achieved big successes over the three years of Modi government. There has been a decline in Maoist violence by 25 per cent as compared to the previous three years, casualties have gone down by 42 per cent but surrender by Maoist cadres had gone up by 185 per cent. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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