The Indian Government has claimed that ceasefire violations and casualties on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border had come down after the surgical strikes last year. The Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir was replying to a question in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that if terrorist activities had increased after the surgical strikes.
Mr. Hansraj also said that there were 228 ceasefire violations at the LoC in 2016 and 221 at the IB [international border]. However, till February 2017, there have only been 22 ceasefire violations and six on the IB.
The civilian casualties and injuries in 2017 have been zero at the IB and the LoC, whereas in 2016, there were 13 civilian casualties and 83 injured on the LoC and eight casualties on the IB and 74 were injured. Five BSF jawans lost their lives and 25 were injured along the IB.
While Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad accused the government of not giving a full reply, Home Minister Rajnath Singh disagreed with him.
He also claimed that there were 110 terror incidents in three months before the surgical strikes and 87 in the three months after them. Also, 34 security personnel were killed before and 19 after, whereas the civilian casualties were seven earlier and six afterwards.