NEW DELHI – Harping on the same old mantra, India again on Tuesday claimed there were more than 40 training camps in Pakistan for freedom fighters who make regular attempts to cross the heavily fortified Line of Control between Azad and Held Kashmir.

“India has identified 25 camps in Azad Kashmir and 17 in Pakistan containing around 2,500 ‘militants’,” junior home affairs minister Mullappally Ramachandran told parliament.

“The terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan or Pakistani Kashmir remains intact and infiltration attempts from across the border still continue to pose a challenge to the security forces,” Ramachandran said.

He claimed that the alleged militants - with the support of Pakistan’s Army - had made 249 attempts to sneak into Indian territory this year - two more than last year but far below the 489 in 2010.

“Intelligence inputs indicate ‘active support’ of Pakistani intelligence and security agencies to push ‘terrorists’ into India,” the minister added.

“The border area - particularly the Jammu region in Indian-administered Kashmir — is highly vulnerable to infiltration from Pakistan side,” he said.

“But due to a high degree of alertness, BSF (Border Security Force) personnel foil every attempt of infiltration by ‘Pakistani terrorists’. There has been no case of infiltration by terrorists,” Ramachandran was of the view.

“The lack of successful infiltration attempts was due to better border management, including border fencing and better intelligence,” he said.

Separatist violence in Indian-occupied Kashmir has dropped sharply since nuclear-armed Pakistan and India started a peace process in 2004 but occasional gunfights erupt between freedom fighters and the security forces in the scenic Himalayan region.