136 mil­i­tants killed in re­cent op­er­a­tions

350 per­sons, in­clud­ing se­cu­rity men, in­jured since June 25 when Gover­nor’s rule be­gan, says of­fi­cial

The Hindu - - NEWS - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

Lesser in­stances

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.

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Eva­sive ac­tion: A jawan run­ning for cover from bricks thrown by pro­test­ers in J&K’s Budgam dis­trict last week.

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