136 militants killed in recent operations
350 persons, including security men, injured since June 25 when Governor’s rule began, says official
Over 350 people, including some security personnel, were injured during counterterror operations and stonethrowing incidents in the Kashmir Valley since June 25, around the time when J&K came under Governor’s rule, a senior Home Ministry official said.
He said the huge turnout during the ongoing panchayat polls was an indicator that people in the State wanted peace and development.
The official said from June 25 to December 5, as many as 136 militants were killed in operations by security forces. As many as 51 militants were killed in the 80-day period from June 25 to September 14, while 85 were killed between September 15 and December 5.
Eight people, including security personnel, were killed and 216 others, including security personnel, were injured between June 25 and September 14 this year.
The number of those killed from September 15 to December 5 stood at two while 170 others were injured in stone-throwing incidents. The official insisted that the “fewer number of injuries” indicated that stone-throwing incidents had come down in the Valley.
250 militants active
Around 250 militants are said to be active in the Valley, the official said.
The State came under Governor’s rule on June 20 after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of an alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Last month, the Assembly was dissolved. The State would automatically come under President’s rule on December 20, after the initial sixmonth Governor’s rule.
Evasive action: A jawan running for cover from bricks thrown by protesters in J&K’s Budgam district last week.