Infiltration, cease-fire violations increased in Kashmir: MHA

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New Delhi, Aug 22 (UNI) India today indicated that the present agitation and protests in Kashmir valley were being supported from across the border as was evident from increase in infiltration and cease-fire violation in the state and said necessary steps are being taken to bring peace and maintain law and order.

In Kupwara two infiltrators were killed and one jawan succumbed to his injuries during a combing operation, Home Ministry sources said. They said that incidents of infiltration and ceasefire violations have been increased recently indicating that neigbouring country was trying to take advantage of the ongoing agitation and protests to promote separatists.

They said except for a few incidents both the valley and Jammu region remained peaceful. The congregation at the Eid Gah during the Friday prayer passed off peacefully. Admitting the congregation was large and some anti-India slogans were raised by protestors at Eidgah, the ministry sources said there was no violence.

The situation in the Jammu region also remained by and large peaceful, although it is reported that there were some isolated incidents where the police intervened to maintain law and order.

Curfew was relaxed in Jammu, Samba, Kishtwar and Udhampur areas. A close watch is being kept over the situation and necessary measures to maintain law and order are being taken, they said.

The free movement of goods and traffic along the NH 1A continued and over 2000 trucks are reported to have moved to and from the Kashmir Valley during 24 hours till 1400hrs. today. These include 370 trucks of essential commodities like foodgrains and petroleum products, etc., and 497 trucks of fruits from the Valley.

Denying some rumour being floated by vested interests regarding the alleged continued ''economic blockade''of the Valley as ''completely baseless'', they said that contrary to some media reports that movement of fruits from Srinagar to Jammu had been much less than last year, from the beginning of the present month, over 3000 trucks carrying fruits have left the Valley. Similarly, more than 50 trucks of sugar have been moved to the Valley.

The position of supply of essential commodities and movement of other goods to and from the State is being closely monitored by the State and the Central Government, and all necessary measures to ensure free movement are and will continue to be ensured.

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