April 2018 News

2017 Recorded The Most Terror-related Incidents In Kashmir, Reveals MHA Data

4 April 2018
India Today
Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu

New Delhi: Data released recently by the Ministry of Home Affairs shows alarming number of deaths of security personnel in the terror attacks. Incidentally, on Sunday at least 20 people were killed in three separate operations in South Kashmir. According to the data, in January and February 51 terror-related incidents were reported from Kashmir Valley in which 15 security personnel were killed. In these incidents, 16 terrorists were neutralized while two civilians were killed. An officer in the security force said, 'The winters have been shorter, a clear indication that more infiltration would have taken place. Both foreign and local terror groups operate in a bid to survive the counter offensive of security forces. The year 2018 will remain high in terror related violence.' The only improvement is the law and order situation, the incident are fewer compared to the volatile times of the past two years, added the official on condition of anonymity. The new years eve of security forces began with a fidayeen attack on the CRPF Group Centre in Lethpora by the dreaded JeM group. Five CRPF men and three terrorists including two local fidayeens were killed in the attack. The MHA data, however, does not reflect the incidents in March and April including the recent killings of militants in South Kashmir. The annual figures, however, show that things have taken a turn for the worse in Kashmir Valley since the killing of Hizb Commander Burhan Wani in July 2016. However, 2017 has been officially the worst affected with multiple incidents of violence both in the hinterland and at the borders. As per the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) data presented before the parliament on Wednesday, 2017 saw a surge in terror related violence with 342 terror related incidents reported from the state in which 40 civilians have been killed. The year 2017 is also seen as the most successful in terms of elimination of terrorists with 213 being gunned down. The number of security personnel killed remained at 80 in 2017, just a notch lower than 2016 which reported 82 deaths of security personnel in counter terror operations. The figures of 2016 show 150 terrorist were killed in 322 in terror-related violence. Eighty two security personnel and 15 civilians were killed. In 2015 there were 208 terror related incidents in which 39 security force personnel were killed and 17 civilian deaths recorded. The situation at the borders and Line of Control (LoC) was no different from hinterland. The first two months of 2018 has already recorded 432 ceasefire violations (CFV) at the LoC, 201 was reported at the International Border (IB). The annual figures, however, suggest that 2017 was the most violent for the civilian population with 860 CFV recorded at LoC and 111 at borders. Both 2015 and 2016 showed that hostilities between India and Pakistan were less in the previous years. In 2016, CFV recorded were 228 at LoC and 221 at IB. Similarly, CFV recorded in 2015 were 152 and 253 at LoC and IB respectively. The killings owning to CFV have already claimed 12 civilian lives, 6 army and 4 BSF personnel in the first two months. The 2018 figures are matching the total figures of 2017, 12 civilian were killed last year, 15 army personnel and 4 BSF. The data shows that in the past four years, Pakistan has repeatedly targeted civilian areas killing a dozen of them each year. In 2016, it was 13, and in 2015 it was 16. Army personnel killed were eight in 2016 and six in 2015, while BSF personnel killed for the 2016 was five and four in 2015. The MHA told the upper house of parliament that the ministry had sanctioned approximately 14000 civilian bunkers for population close to the borders. While the compensation of 5 lakh has been given to civilians killed in cross border fire.