NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday that the army has been given orders to neutralise infiltrators trying to enter India.
Speaking at the 'Manthan' conclave organised by TV news channel Aaj Tak, the defence minister said: "I can only say that anyone trying to infiltrate will be neutralised."
"A terrorists who comes with a gun cannot be treated on humanitarian ground," he said.
He, however, added that instructions have been given to take precaution that there is no "collateral damage" and that no Indian soldiers die.
"Take precaution there is no collateral damage. Don't touch civilians," he said.
Asked what has changed from the previous government's tenure, the minister said: "Porosity on borders is less; intelligence has improved".
"I will stand by the army at any cost," he added.