Civilian Fatalities In Jammu And Kashmir Increased By 166% In 2017, Militancy Rose By 6%

| April 19 , 2018 , 09:40 IST

Although the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir managed to keep the rise of militancy in the state down to a low 6.21 percent increase in 2017, in comparison, the percentage of civilian fatalities has increased by a shocking 166.66 percent in the same year. The number of militants neutralised in 2017 was also 42 percent higher than the previous year.

According to the annual report of the Ministry of Home Affairs for  2017-18 which was released on Wednesday, since militant activities began in Jammu and Kashmir around 1990 to December 31, 2017, a total of 13,976 civilians and 5,123 security personnel have been killed.

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"The year 2017 also witnessed a 6.21 per cent increase and 166.66 per cent increase in the number of terrorists incidents and fatalities of civilians respectively in comparison to the corresponding period of 2016," the report quoted by PTI said.

While in 2016 in Jammu and Kashmir there were 322 violent incidents where 82 security personnel, 15 civilians and 150 terrorists were killed, in 2017, there were 342 incidents in Jammu and Kashmir were 80 security personnel, 40 civilians and 213 terrorists were killed.

The year 2017 witnessed a spurt in infiltration attempts from Pakistan, with 406 attempts in 2017 out of which 123 were successful as compared to 371 attempts in 2016 with 119 being successful.

Frequent ceasefire violations along the Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir have also led to civilian casualties, as a result of which the government is setting up bunkers along the border for civilians to take refuge during any firing or shelling.