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818 soldiers killed in J and K, NE during past four year

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) A total of 818 soldiers were killed in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast in anti-terrorist operations during the last four years, Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju said in the Rajya Sabha today.

Of these, the highest number of 254 was killed in 2002 followed by 241 in 2003, 187 in 2004 and the lowest 136 in 2005.

Mr Raju said a concept plan for the National War Memorial which envisages location at the India Gate Complex, had been presented to the delhi Urban Art Commission.

Replying to another question, the Minister said that during 2005-2006, nine accidents had been reported in the Indian Air Force (IAF) which is the ''safest'' record in the history of the IAF.

A continuous and multi-faceted approach was always underway in the IAF to enhance and upgrade flight safety, he added.

The Minister said that 355 suicide cases had been reported in the three Services during the past three years. These included 120 in 2003, 116 in 2004 and 119 in 2005.

To check the tendency, pro-active approaches through better man-management techniques was being adopted at different levels, he added.

The Minister also said that ceasefire between India and Pakistan had been effective along the Line of Control (LOC) since November 2003.

No violation of the ceasefire by Pakistan Rangers had taken place in Sambha Sector recently, he added.

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