January 2021 News

Stone-pelting Incidents Drop By 87% In 2020: DGP

2 January 2021

Jammu: Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Saturday revealed that Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a dip of more than 87 per cent in stone-pelting incidents last year as compared to 2019. In 2019, there were 1,999 incidents of stone-pelting, of which 1,193 took place after the Centre announced abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir that year in August. 'There have been 255 stone-pelting incidents in 2020 as compared to the incidents in 2019 and the year (2020), witnessed a 87.31 per cent decline,' the director general of police said. The Centre on August 5, 2019, revoked Article 370, which gave special status to the erstwhile state, and divided it into union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. In 2018 and 2017, 1,458, and 1,412 incidents of stone-pelting were reported. When compared to 2016, the dip in such incidents in 2020 was 90 per cent, according to officials. In 2016, 2,653 stone-pelting cases were reported as the killing of Burhan Wani, a commander of the terrorist organisation Hizbul Mujahideen, had triggered violent protests across Kashmir. In 2015, as many as 730 incidents of stone-pelting took place in Jammu and Kashmir. The worst incidents of stone-pelting took place in 2010, 2016 and 2019. 'Law and order situation is well under control. Our resolve for 2021 is strengthening and consolidating peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir,' DGP Dilbagh Singh said.