SRINAGAR: The militant violence and security forces casualties in Jammu and Kashmir witnessed an upward surge this year. At least 78 security men were killed and 213 injured till November-end, which is highest in the last four years.
The militant killings also witnessed an upward trend but the civilian killings in violent incidents dropped.
According to official statistics, the militancy violence witnessed a considerable surge this year. “The encounters between militants and security forces and militant’s surprise attacks on security personnel witnessed an increasing trend this year”.
As per the statistics, 307 militancy incidents took place across Jammu and Kashmir till November-end this year.
“In these violent incidents, 78 security personnel including army men, paramilitary personnel, border guards and J&K policemen were killed and 213 others injured,” it revealed.
During the same period, 146 militants were killed in gunfights with security personnel. “76 others were arrested or surrendered before the security forces”.
In the militant incidents in 11 months, 14 civilians were killed and 61 injured.
As per the statistics the militancy incidents this year were highest in last four years.
“As against 307 militancy incidents this year, 208 such incidents were reported in 2015, 222 in 2014 and 170 in 2013,” reveals the official data.
According to the figures, the security forces casualties this year were highest in last four years. “As against 78 casualties and 213 injuries this year, security forces suffered 39 casualties and 103 injuries in 2015, 47 casualties and 84 injuries in 2014 and 53 casualties and 74 injuries in 2013”.
The militant killings this year was also on the higher side and was the highest in last four years.
“As against 146 militant killings this year, only 46 militants died in security forces action in 2015, 52 in 2014 and 38 in 2013. Similarly, only 10 militants were arrested or surrendered last year as compared to 70 in 2014 and 86 in 2013,” reveals the official data.
However, the civilian killings in militancy violence in the State this year were lowest in last four years. “As against 14 civilian killings this year, 17 civilian deaths had taken place in 2015, 28 in 2014 and 15 in 2013. Similarly as against 61 civilian injuries this year, 70 had sustained injuries in 2015, 71 in 2014 and 31 in 2013.”
Among the major militant attacks this year include EDI attack in February in which three young army officers were killed, attack on army base in Uri in September in which 19 soldiers were killed and November 29 fidayeen attack on army camp at Nagrota in Jammu in which seven soldiers including two Major-rank officers were killed.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh while addressing a gathering during Shahidi Diwas organized in Kathua, Jammu today paid tributes to the slain security personnel.
“The nation would never forget sacrifices by the army, police and paramilitary forces personnel in various States while protecting borders and fighting militancy.
Nation’s heart beats for the brave heroes and their families,” he said.
Singh said there isn’t a single State whose jawans have not laid down their lives for the nation in Jammu and Kashmir and similarly the jawans from this State too have showed their courage in protecting the nation.