4,799 incidents of stone pelting recorded in three years: Govt

New Delhi: There were 4,799 stone-pelting incidents and 872 militancy incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in past three years, the government informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said 730 incidents of stone pelting were reported in 2015. In 2016, he said, 2,808 such incidents were reported, and in 2017, the incidents numbered 1,261.

In a written reply to a question, he said there were 208 incidents of terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015, 322 in 2016 and 342 such incidents in 2017.

The total number of terrorists killed in past three years in the state were 471, the total number of security force personnel killed were 201, and 72 civilians were also killed during the period, he told the Rajya Sabha.

“Jammu and Kashmir has been affected by violence that is sponsored and supported from across the border. The levels of terrorist violence in the hinterland of Jammu and Kashmir are linked to the infiltration from across the border,” he said.

Meanwhile, twenty-nine Army personnel lost their lives in nine attacks on defence stations and Army camps in the state since 2015, the government further said.

Twenty militants were killed and two civilians lost their lives in the attacks, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said in a written response to a question in the Lower House.

The highest casualty was in 2016, when a group of militants stormed an Army camp in Uri, resulting in the death of 26 personnel.

This year, one attack was reported on an Army camp in Jammu, claiming the lives of six Army personnel.

“The Army carries out in-depth analysis of the militant incidents and security breaches that are identified with various incidents. Perimeter security projects of all the armed forces have been sanctioned by the government,” Bhamre said.



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