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Greater Noida: At ITBP’s raising day, Rajnath SIngh talks Pak terror

In the wake of the recent incidents of cross-border firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, Union home minister Rajnath Singh blamed the ‘neighbour’ state for using terrorism as a weapon for proxy war.

noida Updated: Oct 29, 2016 16:36 IST
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Union home minister Rajnath Singh takes the salute.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh takes the salute.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

In the wake of the recent incidents of cross-border firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, Union home minister Rajnath Singh blamed the ‘neighbour’ state for using terrorism as a weapon for proxy war. Without naming Pakistan, he said that only cowards use terrorism as a tool.

“Our neighbour has been using terrorism as a tool for their proxy war. Only cowards use terrorism to further their aims, the brave never resort to such tactics,” said Singh.

He was speaking on the 55th Foundation Day of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at Greater Noida on Friday. ITBP, one of the five Central armed forces, was founded in 1962 in the wake of the Indo-China war. A professional force meant for mountain vigilance, a majority of ITBP’s personnel are professional mountaineers, skiers and horse riders.

Addressing the retired and serving personnel at ITBP’s Parade Ground, Singh also lauded the efforts of the army, paramilitary and Central forces in thwarting terrorism and cross-border infiltration.

“It is only due to the efforts of the army and the forces that we have seen a 60% decrease in infiltration attempts in recent times. Soldiers of IBTP have been serving their motherland for many decades under extreme conditions,” he added.

Commemorating the efforts of the Indian armed forces, Singh said the present government is dedicated towards serving those who are ‘selflessly’ serving the motherland.

“Earlier, the family of a jawan serving at the border was given Rs. 15 lakh as ex-gratia amount (even if they died in service due to natural causes or calamity). We have decided to increase that amount to Rs. 35 lakh. We will also provide winter gear to our soldiers who are serving in extreme conditions in the Karakoram range and elsewhere,” said Singh.

Singh also attended the parade and drill ceremony of the ITBP forces on the occasion of their 55th Foundation day.

The home minister also asked the DIGs of all Central Police Forces such ITBP and CRPF etc. to ensure that the morale of their ‘jawans’ remains high.

“It is crucial that at this time the jawans’ morale is at the highest level. The entire country is backing them and we have no words describe their bravery,” said Singh.