New Delhi: The Minister of State for Defence, Shripad Naik, stated in the Lok Sabha today, that there have been 1,586 incidents of ceasefire violations in 2019 and 646 incidents during the first two months of 2020 (up to 23 February), on Indo-Pak International border as well as Line of Control (LoC) after 5 August 2019. In addition 132 cases of cross border firing from 5 August 2019, to 31 December 2019, and 41 cases of cross border firing between 1 January 2020 to 15 February 2020, along International Border and Line of Control in the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir were committed.
There have been 27 encounters with terrorists in UT of J&K from 5 August 2019 to 23 February 2020. 45 terrorists were neutralized and 7 security force personnel were martyred.
Appropriate retaliation to the ceasefire violations, as required, has been carried out by the Indian Army. All violations of ceasefire were taken up with Pakistan authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meetings, Directorate Generals of Military Operations talks as well as diplomatic channels between the two countries.
The periodical review and refinement of the operating procedures and security arrangements of all its camps, garrisons and installations is carried out by the Army based on the threat assessment and analysis of past incidents. Based on these reviews, suitable drills and procedures are adopted to counter such threats.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence, Shripad Naik, in a written reply to Sunil Baburao Mendhe and others in the Lok Sabha today.
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