Terrorist incidents fall by almost 60% since the removal of Article 370: Ministry of Home Affairs

New Delhi: According to the statistics of the Ministry of Home Affairs, there were 614 terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018, while the number came down to 244 in 2020.

This is a drop of more than 60 percent according to statistics. Data from the Ministry of Home Affairs show that the repeal of Article 370 in 2019 has drastically reduced the number of terrorist incidents in the region. In 2021, as of 28 February, there were 15 terrorist incidents in the Union Territory. This year eight militants have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir till 28 February.

In addition, Jammu and Kashmir was the only part of India that reported terrorist incidents in 2019 and 2020, the Home Ministry said. In 2018, apart from Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab reported a terrorist incident.

A total of 614 terrorist incidents occurred in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018, falling to 594 in 2019 with a decrease of three percent. In 2020, this number came down to 244.

The number of terrorists killed in the region in 2018 was 257, 157 in 2019 and 221 in 2020. In March, the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Lok Sabha said, “After the repeal of Article 370, the number of terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir has come down significantly.

According to the data, in 2021, while no civilians were killed until February 28, only one security personnel was martyred. Five civilians died in 2019, while six civilians died during terrorist operations in 2020.

Also, 27 security forces personnel were martyred in 2019 and 33 terrorists were killed during the operation in 2020. The ministry said, “The government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance to terrorism and has adopted various measures, such as strengthening the security apparatus, strict enforcement of the law against anti-national elements, intensive encirclement and search operations effectively by terrorists. To meet the challenges posed. The security forces also keep a close watch on those who try to support the terrorists and initiate action against them. “

In a separate reply, the Home Ministry said that 59 civilians were killed and 168 injured in terror-related incidents in Kashmir following the violation of section 370. It was also said that no citizen was killed in law and order incidents after the repeal of section 370, however, 53 were injured.

On August 5, 2019, Parliament removed the special status accorded to the state of Jammu and Kashmir to Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and paved the way for the division of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The Home Ministry data also stated that between 2014 and 2018 there was an increase in terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir. In 2014, there were 222 terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir. That year, 47 security personnel were killed while 28 civilians lost their lives.

The following year, in 2015, the region reported 208 terrorist incidents, with 39 security personnel and 17 civilian casualties. The number of terrorist incidents increased to 322 in 2016 and 342 in 2017. While 82 security personnel were martyred in 2016, 80 people died in 2017. On the other hand, 15 civilians were killed in 2016, which increased to 40 in 2017.

(With agency inputs)