Situation improving in J&K: Govt
22 November 2003
The Hindustan Times
Indo-Asian News Service
Jammu: There has been a decline in the killing of civilians and security personnel in the Kashmir Valley as compared to last year, according to officials here.Incidents of militancy have also fallen, and security forces are recovering more and more weapons, an official spokesman said.According to the spokesman, there has been a nearly 26 per cent decline in the killing of civilians from January 1 to November 15 this year as compared to the corresponding period last year.Compared to 1,416 people killed by terrorists last year, 1,125 people were killed this year.Also, while 476 police and security personnel were killed during the same period last year, this year's casualties numbered 351.There has also been a fall of 17.35 per cent in militancy related incidents this year.The spokesman said the figure of 3,578 for last year fell by 529 this year. The number of cases of arson also went down by 47.Similarly, there was a 46.62 per cent decline in casualties of security forces and police between July 1 and November 15 this year.Against 261 police and security personnel killed over the four-and-a-half months period in 2002, only 178 lost their lives this year.The civilians killed during the same period this year were 344, down from 452 last year.But the number of terrorists dying at the hands of security forces rose from 657 to 677 this year. Arrests of militants climbed from 177 to 198.Security forces seized 642 AK rifles, 133 pistols, 311 wireless sets and 1,485 hand grenades between July 1 and November 15 this year.