Armed Forces on Tuesday gunned down terrorist Abu Dujana in Pulwama district of the Kashmir valley. With Dujana’s encounter, the toll of terrorists killed in military operations reached 199 since July 2016.
Pakistani national Dujana was wanted for many attacks on security forces and political workers in south Kashmir. He was a category ‘A’ militant and carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, a police official said.
The data of the army shows it succeeded in neutralising 88 terrorists in three months after May 2017. Neutralised Lashkar-e-Toiba militants Junaid Mattoo, Bashir Lashkari along with Hizbul Mujahidin commander Saddam Poddar, Mohd Yasin and Altaf Dar were among the known faces of militancy in the valley. However, Burhan Wani’s encounter proved crucial on cracking down on militants.
After succeeding in its operations, Armed forces are eyeing to encounter Hizbul Mujahidin commander Zakir Moosa who gained notoriety after giving calls to Kashmiri Youth to behead separatist leaders. However, a look at the data of fatalities suggests decreased violence across the valley in recent years.
In reply to a Right to Information query, Ministry of Home Affairs earlier this year stated security forces neutralised 21,695 suspected terrorists over last 27 years.
The reply said that year 2001 was the most violent in the recent history of the state which saw the death of 3552 human lives including 996 civilians, 536 security personnel and 2,020 terrorists. However, the year 1996 proved to be the most dreaded year which saw the death of the most number of civilians in the conflict. About 1341 civilians lost their lives followed by 1995 registering the death of 1031 civilians.
The reply further informed that the valley saw a decline in the number of deaths including casualties from 2006 to 2012 which was the most peaceful year in history of the conflict. The year 2012 registered the minimal casualties to 102 persons including 15 civilians, 15 security personnel and 72 terrorists while 65 security personnel sustained injuries.
However, the violence took a spike in the valley resulting in more deaths post-2012. The reply said that with a total of 247 people who lost their lives in 2016, including 15 civilians, 82 security men and 150 terrorists.
In its tabled report in Parliament, Ministry also said the number of incidents of stone pelting came down from 2,808 in 2016 to 664 in 2017. The records were available until July 9 this year. Similarly, the Ministry replied the incidents of violence has also reduced in the Valley amidst unfolding tensions. The report further said that in last one year the incidents of violence has been reduced to 322 in 2016 to 172 in 2017.
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