Militants killed 9,600 civilians in J&K since 1989
16 July 2001
The Times of India
SRINAGAR: To counter allegations of excesses by security forces, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said 9,684 civilians were killed by militants in the state since the outbreak of militancy in 1989. A total of 585 women and 97 children were among the civilians killed since the eruption of militancy, an official statement said here. Forty-nine women and 16 children were killed by militants since January this year, it said. The statement said 366 political leaders, including 18 legislators, most of them belonging to the ruling National Conference, and party workers were killed by militants. It was in the election year of 1996 that maximum number of 61 political leaders were killed by militants. This year alone, 39 leaders have been gunned down by militants till June. Hurriyat Conference, spearheading the separatist movement in Kashmir, has alleged 80,000 people were killed during the past 12 years in the state.