Ground Report | Wahid Bhat
At least seven militants, two security personnel and three civilians have been killed during the month of February in Jammu and Kashmir in the year 2020.
Figures suggest that seven militants were killed in three encounters that took place in Srinagar, Tral Pulwama and Naina village of Anantnag in Kashmir, while as a civilian was killed by unknown gunmen in Tral area of Pulwama district.
“Two civilians and an army man lost their lives while as nine civilians and five army men were injured during ceasefire violation near LoC while one CRPF soldier was killed in an encounter at Srinagar in the month of February,” figures disclose.
In the month of February at least seven civilians and three soldiers were injured in grenade attacks in different areas of the valley.
However 17 militants and two security personnel have been killed in eight encounters in Kashmir valley during the first month of 2020 January.
10 encounters were reported across Kashmir in which 20 militants were killed but in January, eight encounters have already taken place which experts predict happened because communication lines eased and tracking militants has also been easy for security agencies.
The first the encounter started Jan. 6 at Awantipora when a local militant affiliated with Hizbul-Mujahideen was killed. That was followed by seven more encounters.
The recent being of Nagrota, Jammu encounter in which three militants were killed and a local policeman sustained injuries Friday.
The report by Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society said in 2019 a total of 87 encounters took place in Jammu and Kashmir leading to killings of 150 militants and 29 security personnel.
The number of militants killed in 2018 was around 260 which is higher than 2017 and the highest in a single year in the last eight years, officials said.
In 2010, as many as 270 militants were killed in action by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. The number reduced to 119 in 2011. Then in 2012, 84 ultras were killed, 100 in 2013, 110 (2014), 113 (2015), 165 (2016) and 218 (2017), 257 last year.
They said the higher number of militant casualties in 2018 was because of pinpoint intelligence and meticulous operations by the security agencies.