Srinagar: The Government of India said in the Rajya Sabha on Monday that since 2016, militants attacked army camps 9 times in Jammu and Kashmir. In these nine attacks, 35 army personnel, 15 militants, and 1 civilian were killed.
In response to a question tabled by Congress MP Kumari Selma, Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Subhash Bhamre informed the upper house of Parliament in a written reply that this year, 3 militant attacks have taken place on military installations.
The government’s response reveals that 2016 was the deadliest year with as many as 36 deaths in militant attacks, including of 26 army personnel and of 10 militants. 25 army personnel also suffered injuries during these attacks. No civilian was killed during militant attacks on army camps in 2016.
In the year 2017, the government said, there was only one militant attack on an army installation in Jammu and Kashmir. In this attack, 3 army personnel and two militants were killed, while seven army soldiers sustained injuries.
In 2018, thus far, militants were able to attack army installations three times, killing 6 army soldiers and 3 militants losing their lives. Eight army soldiers sustained injuries during these attacks. One civilian was also killed, and 6 other civilians suffered injuries during these attacks.
The response further stated that all the attacks on army camps had been investigated in detail. “Prima facie it was found that these attacks were carried out by militant outfits,” the response stated.
The minister’s reply informed that the Government of India had issued broad guidelines for security of defence Installations and in compliance with these guidelines, the defence forces had taken a number of actions, including risk categorisation of military bases; appraisal and upgradation of intelligence gathering capabilities; strengthening and streamlining of the response mechanism; use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs); periodic security audit of all military installations, etc.
“The army also carries out in-depth analysis of the terrorist incidents and security breaches that are identified with various incidents,” the response added.