More civilians, security forces injured in 2016 than in 2010
As the opposition was gearing to corner the Centre on the worsening security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, a union home ministry’s report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday claimed that number of terror attacks in the state and incidents of stone pelting have come down compared to last year. The report aims to puncture opposition claims that violence in the troubled state had gone up since the BJP and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) alliance assumed power.
The report, however, does not capture the situation on the Line of Control (LoC), where two soldiers were killed in firing by Pakistan army and an Indian army major was shot dead by his own soldier. The army casualties have been on the rise from 77 in 2014 to 111 in 2016. The home ministry report said that 89 security personnel were killed in 2016 as compared to 69 in 2010. In the first seven months of this year, 38 security personnel have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir and 12 civilians. The security forces have gone after terrorists in a big way and killed 95 till now. These numbers include multiple agencies involved in counter insurgency operations in the state from army, central police forces and state police.
The MHA report shows that the cycle of violence triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani last year had subsided. Only 583 cases were registered this year till July compared to 2,897 in the entire last year. The only indicator that has gone up this year is the infiltration attempts. Only 18 attempts were recorded last year, but the number has goneup to 42 till June this year. The Centre has adopted a tough approach in dealing with terrorists and separatists refusing talks with all stake-holders till violence subsides.
Meanwhile braving Pakistani shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC), authorities in Rajouri on Tuesday evacuated 217 students and 15 teachers from three schools, where they were trapped for over six hours. All the schools in Nowshera and Manjakote sectors have been closed for an indefinite period in view of repeated Pakistani firing and shelling. Villages like Kalsian, Sair, Bahwani, Namb and Jhangar, close to the LoC, have been bearing the brunt of the shelling.