The restive state of Jammu and Kashmir is again seeing an upsurge in the Incidents of terror.
Seventy-eight militants were killed and 31 security personnel lost their lives in the first six months of this year as the valley is witnessing a new wave of militancy. Infiltration too has increased considerably. Official figures reveal that of the security forces personnel killed in action, 11 were army men, 10 CRPF personnel, seven policemen and three BSF personnel. Eleven civilians too have been killed in the last six months.
June has been the bloodiest month with 41 casualties. They included 24 militants and a civilian. Among the slain are 17 security force personnel including three BSF personnel, three Jammu Kashmir policemen, two army men and eight Central Reserve Police Force personnel.
“In June, 14 militancy-related incidents have taken place. Security forces adopt maximum restraint to prevent civilian killings and collateral damage, despite provocation and instead themselves suffered losses,” said Dr Nirmal Singh, deputy chief minister.
Official figures show that 106 militants were killed in 2015 by the security forces in different encounters. The number of slain militants stood at 110 in 2014. In 2015, around 39 security force personnel were killed. In 2014, 47 security force personnel were killed. Last year, 22 civilians were killed in terrorist violence compared to 35 in 2014.
“Due to active engagement of security forces and police, the year 2016 has registered an increase in the killing of militants by over 110 per cent and arrest of militants/suspects by 48 per cent. There is a drop in civilian killings by 11 per cent as compared to corresponding period of 2015,” said Dr Singh.
This year the infiltration from across the border too has increased. Police sources said around 60 militants might have crossed from across the Line of Control into Jammu and Kashmir so far this year. Official figures reveal, there were 24 infiltration attempts from across the line of control from January 1 to March 31 this year of which 18 were successful. In 2015, around 118 infiltration attempts were made of which 33 were successful.
“Due to continuing pressure of security forces, militants are now indulging in attacks on soft targets and at crowded places for revival of waning militancy in the state,” said Dr Singh.