Kashmir In Rajya Sabha : 245 Militants Killed In 20097 March 2010
New Delhi: Troops, paramilitary troops and police killed 245 militants in Jammu and Kashmir last year, when the number of infiltration attempts by militants from Pakistan administered Kashmir went up marginally, according to official figures. “Attempts at infiltration from across the LoC (saw) a marginal increase during 2009,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Maken said referring to the Line of Control. He said 342 incursion attempts were recorded in 2008 and 485 in 2009, the minister told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply. Maken said militant activities showed a “declining trend - from 708 in 2008 to 499 in 2009” in Jammu and Kashmir. “As per the statistics provided by the ministry of defence, the militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir are 245 in 2009, and 27 up to 21 February 2010,” he said. The minister said the government had adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration in the State. This “includes strengthening of border management and multi-tiered and multi-modal deployment along international border and the LoC and infiltration routes”. He said the government was also upgrading border fencing, acquiring latest weapons and equipment, and synergising intelligence flow to check infiltration from Pakistan. Meanwhile, according to the latest official data of the State home ministry, the militants, in a change of strategy to avoid casualties in its ranks, triggered 11,876 explosions claiming 1754 lives while 15,589 others were injured during the past two decades in Jammu and Kashmir. According to the data, militants have now resorted to Improvised Explosive Devices and grenade attacks to avoid direct conflict with troops in the state. 'Militants are using IEDs and grenades as a tool to cause casualties to troops and thereby avoiding direct conflict. This is the part of their target and hit strategy to avoid their own casualty,' a senior police officer said. Of these 11,876 explosions, 5682 were caused by IEDs and 6,194 by hurling of grenades. The highest number of explosions – 1522 - took place in 1990, followed by 1005 explosions in 1993, it said. Similarly, the maximum number of casualties reported was 153 and 1021 injured in 1995. While 133 were killed and 1,443 injured in 2001, the report said, adding the number of blasts in those two years were 945 and 775. However, there was fall in grenade attacks during the past two years with 79 and 170 blasts in 2009 and 2008. Around 47 were killed and 208 injured in these grenade attacks, the report added.