"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.
    
He is visiting the Jammu area in the wake of escalation of the ceasefire violations along the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC).
    
136 ceasefire violations have been reported so far this year, the highest in the past eight years. Even on Monday, Pakistani Rangers opened fire at 10 border posts, injuring two persons.
    
Because of these violations, the Union Home Minister will not able be go to any forward post and will have to confine himself to meeting BSF personnel in Samba district in this region.
   
He expressed government's "full support" for the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and said they have been granted the status of ex-servicemen like their counterparts in the defence services.
    
"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 also sought to boost the morale of forces saying the government is aware of the hardships faced by them while guarding the country and will take steps to address their issues.

Another violation of ceasefire

Pakistan troops resorted to heavy shelling at Indian positions in RS Pura sector of the international border in Jammu district late Monday night.
A senior BSF officer said that Pakistan troops used 82 millimetre mortars and other heavy weaponry to target our positions in Nikkowal and Abdullian areas of RS Pura sector late Monday night.

"The firing started at 9.45 pm on Monday. We have retaliated strongly to Pakistan shelling. Firing exchanges continued till early morning on Tuesday in these areas," the officer said.

Shinde makes aerial survey of Int'l Border, addresses troops

Shinde visited the sites of recent twin terror strikes and conducted an aerial survey of the area near the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir as part of his visit to the state to review the situation there in the wake of increasing cases of ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
   
Accompanied by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami and top officials of the intelligence agencies and BSF, Shinde visited the BSF headquarters in Samba where he was briefed about the security situation along IB.
   
BSF officers made a presentation on ceasefire violations and the damage to the border fencing caused by recent floods along with the steps taken by them to guard the IB in view of the rise in the number of infiltration attempts.
   
Omar also accompanied Shinde on an aerial inspection of IB during which the Home Minister also surveyed infiltration routes and damaged fencing and riverine border belts between Akhnoor in Jammu district and Pahadpur in Kathua district.
   
He also visited Hiranagar Police Station and Army camp, where 10 people, including an army officer, were killed in twin terror strikes in Kathua and Samba on August 26. The three militants who had carried out the attack were killed in an exchange with security forces.
   
"We have come here to review the situation. I have taken an aerial tour of the border from Akhnoor to the place where infiltration took place (Pahadpur in Hiranagar)... We have surveyed the river and nullahs along the border," Shinde said.
   
The morale of our troops is high and they are guarding the border round the clock," he noted.
   
There have been over 140 ceasefire violations along IB this year, the highest for the past eight years.
   
Since August, the Indo-Pakistan border has virtually seen daily firing and shelling along with attacks carried out from the Pakistan side, sniper incidents and infiltration bids which have left seven security personnel dead while injuring 26 persons.
   
"We have come here to promise you that we stand by you, the country stands by you," Shinde said in Samba while asking the jawans to give a bullet for bullet reply to Pakistan.
   
When he put forth a question for his audience whether they were going to give a strong reply to Pakistan, yes came the reply from the troops.

‘No third party intervention in Kashmir’

On Monday, the Home Minister had dismissed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's demand for US intervention in resolving Kashmir issue, saying no third party can take part in a bilateral issue.     

"Our stand is very clear. It is an issue between two countries. No third country can take part in it," he said while adding, "This is not our current stand. This has been our stand since the days of (former Prime Minister) Jawaharlal Nehru. We have been maintaining this stand since then and today also this is our position.”

JPN/Agencies

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Shinde makes aerial survey of Int'l Border, addresses troops

 

Shinde visited the sites of recent twin terror strikes and conducted an aerial survey of the area near the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir as part of his visit to the state to review the situation there in the wake of increasing cases of ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

       

Accompanied by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami and top officials of the intelligence agencies and BSF, Shinde visited the BSF headquarters in Samba where he was briefed about the security situation along IB.

       

BSF officers made a presentation on ceasefire violations and the damage to the border fencing caused by recent floods along with the steps taken by them to guard the IB in view of the rise in the number of infiltration attempts.

       

Omar also accompanied Shinde on an aerial inspection of IB during which the Home Minister also surveyed infiltration routes and damaged fencing and riverine border belts between Akhnoor in Jammu district and Pahadpur in Kathua district.

       

He also visited Hiranagar Police Station and Army camp, where 10 people, including an army officer, were killed in twin terror strikes in Kathua and Samba on August 26. The three militants who had carried out the attack were killed in an exchange with security forces.

       

"We have come here to review the situation. I have taken an aerial tour of the border from Akhnoor to the place where infiltration took place (Pahadpur in Hiranagar)... We have surveyed the river and nullahs along the border," Shinde said.

       

The morale of our troops is high and they are guarding the border round the clock," he noted.

       

There have been over 140 ceasefire violations along IB this year, the highest for the past eight years.

       

Since August, the Indo-Pakistan border has virtually seen daily firing and shelling along with attacks carried out from the Pakistan side, sniper incidents and infiltration bids which have left seven security personnel dead while injuring 26 persons.

       

"We have come here to promise you that we stand by you, the country stands by you," Shinde said in Samba while asking the jawans to give a bullet for bullet reply to Pakistan.

       

When he put forth a question for his audience whether they were going to give a strong reply to Pakistan, yes came the reply from the troops.