452 police personnel, 165 SPOs killed in militancy
28 March 2001
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: At least 452 police personnel and 165 SPOs have been killed while fighting militants in Jammu and Kashmir in last ten years. Responding to the calling attention notice moved in the Legislative Council by the Javid Shah (MLC) today, Revenue Minister Abdul Qayoom while replying on behalf of Minister Incharge Home said that J&K police has been progressively involved in the curbing of militancy in addition to its traditional responsibilities of crime detection and maintenance of law and order. He maintained that active participation of J&K police in combat operations against the militants and their mentors from across the border has antagonized the militant groups. The annihilation of the top brass of militants and recoveries of large quantities of arms, ammunition has dealt a serious blow to the militants’ game plan. Persistant efforts of police in busting of terrorist outfits, smashing of hideouts, destroying of their upper ground network are the main achievements that have led to frustration among the ranks of militant organisations. In various militancy related operations 452 police personnel have undergone martyrdom. Of these, 53 were killed after November 28, 2000 up to March 15, 2001. Not only this, 165 SPOs have also laid down their life in anti-militancy operations. The members of Village Defence Committees have also contributed a lot in containing militancy. About 50 VDC members have been killed so far in various encounters with militants in State. In order to minimise casualties to the state police personnel and SPOs, body protectors- (BP Jackets), sophisticated weaponary and communication equipment are being issued. Mr Shah further pointed out that while police families were getting Rs five lakh as ex-gratia in case of cops’ death in militancy related incidents, the SPOs were deprived of such relief while he is also performing the same job. Even he is wearing uniform from his own pocket money and shoes as well. He is being treated at par with other civilians killed in operations. The minister however, claimed that the matter has already been taken up with the Central Government and decision in this regard is still pending.