BJP workers protest outside Antony's residence, demand action against Pak(Update)

New Delhi, Aug. 6 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing activists and workers staged a protest outside Defence Minister A.K. Antony's residence here on Tuesday evening to vent their ire over the killing of five Indian soldiers on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops.

The BJP youth wing activists, who were led by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) President Anurag Thakur, raised anti-Pakistan slogans.

Scores of police personnel, who have been deployed to avoid any untoward incident, used water cannons to disperse the protestors who attempted to break the barricades outside the Defence Minister's residence.

Thakur earlier this evening criticized the Congress-led UPA Government for not taking a tough stand following the killing of five Indian soldiers along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We will protest in front of AK Antony's residence and compel this government to take action against Pakistan. The Defence minister is a silent spectator, the Prime Minister has never said anything," Thakur said.

"Is our government now so ineffective that Pakistan can kill our soldiers at will and we do nothing," he added.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony has strongly condemned Pakistan's firing on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir

"We strongly condemn this unprovoked incident. The Government of India has lodged strong protest with the Government of Pakistan through diplomatic channels. I assure the House that our Army is fully ready to take all necessary steps to uphold the sanctity of the LoC," Antony said in a suo moto statement in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Monday night's ambush incident on the LOC.

"The Government of India conveys its condolences to the families of the martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty," he added.

Antony informed that a patrol of the Indian Army comprising of one Non Commissioned Officer and five other ranks was ambushed on our side of Line of Control in Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir early this morning.

"In the ensuing firefight, five Indian soldiers were martyred and one soldier was injured. The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 heavily armed terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniforms," he said.

The Defence Minister informed that the numbers of infiltration attempts have doubled this year in comparison to the corresponding period (January 1- August 5) of 2012.

"There has also been 57 cease fire violations this year, which is 80 percent more than the violations last year during the same corresponding period. The Indian Army successfully eliminated 19 hardcore terrorists in the recent months of July and August along the Line of Control and in the hinterland in Jammu and Kashmir," said Antony.

"The effective counter infiltration grid on the Line of Control has ensured that 17 infiltration bids were foiled this year," he added. (ANI)


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