March 2001 News

Truce gives upper hand to militants

9 March 2001
The Hindustan Times
Arun Joshi

Srinagar: Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's unilateral cease fire has brought a lot of cheer to Kashmir militants. Their losses have come down by 55 per cent during the 100 days of the ceasefire when compared to what they had suffered in the preceding period of the same duration. Tragically, civilian losses are up. They have suffered 42 per cent more losses during this period. The comparison is drawn between the 100 days since November 28 last year to March 7 this year and August 20 to November 27 last year. The comparison has exposed some shocking facts. Against the killing of 535 militants during pre cease-fire 100 days, only 243 militants were killed during the cease-fire, registering 55 per cent decline. Militants gunned down 288 civilians, 86 more than the preceding period. It indicates an increase of 42 per cent. Forty-six policemen lost their lives in militant attacks during the cease-fire against only 26 in the preceding corresponding period. The killing of Special police officers, Village Defence Committee (VDC) members have also shown an upward trend. These sections have lost 45 of their men against 30 in the preceding period- a net increase of 50 per cent. Sixty- five security personnel lost lives in militants attacks.. They had lost 109 personnel in the pre cease-fire period. The level of violence has remained unchanged.. Against 1023 incidents, the cease-fire witnessed 964 incidents, a decline of 59 incidents in 100 days. The analysis also reveals that while incidents of grenade attacks and militants firing have increased, cross firing and abduction have reduced. During the ceasefire, 207 incidents of grenade attacks and blasts took place while their number was 131 in the preceding 100 days. Random firing increased from 176 to 259 which resulted in greater killing of civilians. It took 215 lives as against 142 in the pre-ceasefire deride. The casualties in grenades and blasts increase 23 to 49 during this period. Casualties in cross firing have also come down from 37 to 24.


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