'Infiltration is on rise in the Valley'

Speaking to reporters after witnessing a flying display of the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) at the HAL airport here he said, “There is no evidence indicating decrease in infiltration. The situation in Kashmir has improved substantially compared to the past. On the whole the level of violence has come down but infiltration is on the rise.”

“Whenever the situation in the valley shows signs of improvement, enemies operating from across the border become desperate and terrorists become active on our soil. However, our armed forces are defeating the efforts of the terrorists at the cost of their lives,” the defence minister added.

India needs to be on guard despite signs of improvement in the valley during the tourist season, as terrorists are still active, he cautioned.

“We are ready to extend all support to the Jammu and Kashmir government to ensure speedy economic development of the valley and restore peace and normalcy,” he said.
Responding to a question on the naxal problem, the defence minister described it as a serious threat to the nation and said army training units would be established in Chhattisgarh to tackle the menace.

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