NEW DELHI: As many as 33 militants were killed in Jammu and Kashmir in the first three months of the current year, the government told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
In comparison, 149 militants were killed in the Valley in 2016 and 102 in 2015, minister of state for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir told the MPs in written reply to an starred question.
As per data furnished with the reply, the total number of encounters in the Valley stood at 25 until March 2017 as compared to 101 in whole of 2016. While 10 security personnel were killed in counter-insurgency operations in J&K in the first three months of the year, last year’s overall figure stood at 60. The suspects arrested so far this year totaled 20, against 79 in all of 2016 and 67 in 2015.
The comparatively high violence indices of last year are largely on account of violent protests that broke out in the Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in July 2016.
The protests had caused a sharp rise in stone-pelting incidents. Stone-pelting instances peaked at 837, 757 and 536 in July, August and September 2016 respectively. However, they have now come down significantly, with only 17, 46 and 60 stone-pelting incidents recorded in January, February and March 2017 respectively.
In another question, Ahir informed the Lok Sabha that there were 43 infiltration attempts on the Indo-Pak border in J&K till February this year, as compared to 371 in 2016 and 121 in 2015. The number of infiltrators killed stood at 4 in first two months of the year, as against 35 killed in all of 2016 and 46 in 2015. As many as 30 militants were returned, against 217 in 2016 and 41 in 2015. Therefore, the estimated net infiltration cases works out to 9 till February this year, as compared to 119 in all of 2016 and 33 in 2015.