April 2004 News

242 Killed During LS Poll In J-K

25 April 2004
The Pioneer

Jammu: As the ceasefire between Indian and Pakistani troops on the border continued for the sixth month, the militant-triggered poll violence in Jammu and Kashmir since announcement of Lok Sabha polls in the state had killed 242 people, including 69 civilians and 138 militants. The Indo-Pak border ceasefire, which came into being on November 26, 2003, is entering 6th month Monday without any type of violation and violence from either side along border line in J-K,top security officials said here Sunday. They said it was going smoothly and people of border belts along Line of Control and International border are happy and living in total peace. Contrary to it, as many as 242 persons including 69 civilians, 138 militants and 35 security personnel have been killed since March one, 2004 after the announcement of Lok Sabha polls in J-K along with rest of the country, they said. They said after the announcement of L S polls, militants speeded up their terror activities from March one, where NC, PDP, Congress, Panther Party, CPI-M and BJP started organising rallies and public meetings in the state. A total of 517 persons, including 141 civilians, 304 militants and 72 security men were killed since January one this year, they said. While 275 persons including 72 civilians, 166 militants and 37 security men were killed till March one from January one, 2004, only 242 persons were killed after March one this year, they said.


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