This Year, J-K Saw Violence Drop By 25 Pc

29 December 2009
The Indian Express
Majid Jahangir

Srinagar: The year 2009 has witnessed a phenomenal drop of 25 per cent in militancy-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir. In fact, violence in the Valley has been at its lowest since militancy erupted in the state two decades back. “This year, we have achieved a milestone. It is for the first time in 20 years that less than 500 violent incidents took place in the state,” J&K’s Director General of Police Khuldeep Khoda told The Indian Express. The highest number of militancy-related incidents in J&K took place in 1995 when the police recorded a total of 5,946 cases across the state. Khoda said that during 2008, militancy-related violence came down by 35 per cent as compared to 2007, while in 2009, the violence dropped further by 25 per cent. “Over the past 20 years, the morale and confidence level of the J&K Police has been built painstakingly and its professional skills have helped in restoration of peace and normalcy in the state. With these efforts, the graph of violence is rapidly coming down year after year,” Khoda said. For the second consecutive year in 2009, civilian casualties have been remained under-hundred mark. Last year, 89 civilians were killed. “This year around 70 civilians were killed which is the lowest in the past 20 years,” Khoda said. The highest number of civilian casualties - 1413- was witnessed in 1996. Khoda said that the security forces causalities were also the lowest this year in the past two decades of violence. In 2008, 75 security personal were killed, while as in 2007, the causality figure was 110. This year, the lowest number of human rights violation cases were registered as compared to the previous years. “It is for the first time that no custodial death related to militancy was recorded this year,” the DGP Khoda said. The DGP said the J&K Police, along with other security forces, succeeded in eliminating more than 50 self-styled militant commanders of different outfits during various anti-militancy operations. “While conducting such operations, the police ensured to save life and property of the law-abiding citizens and respect human rights. People from all walks of life hailed the conduct of such operations in a way where no collateral damage was caused and the public has now become our partner in the fight against terrorism,” Khoda said.