Encounters have increased in border areas: Manohar Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday asserted that there has been an increase in the number of encounters taking place in the border areas.

The Defence Minister, however, downplayed a poser when asked about the increase in terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.

Parrikar's remark assumes significance in wake of the militant attack on a CRPF convoy in Pampore, Jammu and Kashmir, in which eight security personnel were martyred.

In the fierce gun-battle that took place on June 25 evening, 24 CRPF jawans were also injured.

According to a recent intelligence review, 73 terrorists have been gunned down till date while the number was 34 in the corresponding period last year.


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