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'J&K under control despite insurgency'

Despite the influx of terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC), security situation in Kashmir is under control.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 18:05 IST

Despite the influx ofterrorists across the Line of Control (LoC), security situation in Jammu and Kashmir was "absolutely" under control, a senior Army official said on Saturday.

Speaking to the reportersinSrinagaron "comparatively improved situation" in the valley, General officer Commanding of the Army's 15 corps Lt Gen AS Sekhon said about 200terrorists might have managed to sneak into this side during2006, similar to the related figures of previous one to two years.

But, the infiltration ofterrorists was certainly on the decline, he said while referring to the measures taken like fencing of the LoC with night vision devices to stop the ultras from crossing the border.

Patrolling has also been intensified for the past three years, for which the security situation in the state was under control, he said.

He also credited "developmental activities" taking place incessantly in the valley for the betterment of the situation.

A good tourist season, a successful Amarnath yatra and decline in terrorism-related incidents were all indicators of improving situation in the valley, he said.

"However, the terrorist infrastructure like training camps, launching pads and communication hubs were intact across the LoC," Lt Gen Sekhon said, referring to Intelligence reports.

There has been a substantial decrease in killing of civilians, IED blasts, car bombs and other insurgent activities over the past year but only the number of grenade attacks have gone up, he said.

First Published: Dec 16, 2006 15:47 IST