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No troop withdrawal from J&K: Shivraj Patil

india Updated: Jul 26, 2006 16:56 IST
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Security forces are facing problems of occasional disruption of the power system in electrified border areas in Jammu and Kashmir even though incidents of infiltration from these areas had come down drastically, Rajya Sabha was told on Wednesday.

Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Shivraj Patil said the incidents of infiltration have come down to 910 so far during 2006 as compared to 1085 during the same period last year.

He denied that troops' strength in sensitive areas in Jammu and Kashmir has been reduced and said soldiers that were initially withdrawn were replaced by the India Reserve Forces.

On breakdown of the power system in electrified border fences, Patil told SP member Janeshwar Mishra that the earthquake last year in these areas had contributed to the problem and back up generators were maintaining supplies during power breakdown.

Patil admitted occasional failure of the generators but said these were repaired soon.

The Home Minister said heavy snow in the areas also contributed to power supply problems.

He said infiltrators had now devised new methods of crossing the electrified borders, adding this included use of plastic ladders, wearing of rubber clothes and use of wooden equipment.

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