The Home Ministry of India has released figures on the militant incidents in Jammu and Kashmir after the removal of special state status. The Ministry of Home Affairs says that in comparison to 2019, militant incidents have reduced in 2020.
On 5 August 2019, the Central Government abolished Article 370 and Article 35-A giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir. With the abolition of Article 370, the government divided Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The government said that this was done for the development of the state and the restoration of peace there.
Even before the government’s decision, many big opposition leaders were taken into custody and they were not given the freedom to go out for several months.
With this, internet speed was limited in Jammu and Kashmir. Even today 4G speed is not available on mobile internet in the state. People of Jammu and Kashmir have to do their essential work only with the help of 2G speed, whether it is school education, preparation of entrance exam or medical related emergency.
On Monday, the Home Ministry claimed that after the removal of Article 370, there has been a huge reduction in militant incidents in Jammu and Kashmir. According to the data of the Ministry, there has been a decrease of 63.93 percent in terrorist incidents in 2020 as compared to 2019. This figure is till 15 November last year. At the same time, according to the Ministry, there was a decrease of 29.11 per cent in the killing of special security forces. In comparison to 2019, there has been a decrease of 14.28 per cent in the casualties of civilians till 15 November 2020.
According to the Home Ministry data, 126 terrorists were killed from January to July 2019, while 136 militants were killed in the same period in the year 2020. Talking of grenade attack, there were 51 in 2019 and 21 in 2020. It has also been said in the report that during the last one year, the involvement of youth in militant groups has decreased significantly.
Question on fake encounter
The Ministry of Home Affairs claims that in comparison to 2019, militant incidents have reduced in 2020. But two encounters in Kashmir are under question. Chargesheet has been filed in court against three people, including an army captain, for alleged involvement in the encounter in Shopian.
The case is dated July 18, 2020, where three laborers died in an encounter in the Amshipura encounter. The family called them innocent and said that they are laborers. The army also admitted that the accused had misused their powers. On the other hand, another encounter that took place on 29-30 December 2020 is in doubt. Three youths were killed in this encounter in Srinagar. Family members claim that the killed youth were not terrorists.
The youth who were killed in the alleged encounter were between 16 and 24 years old. The police claimed this encounter was the three terrorists killed, while the family is telling them innocent.