759 incidents of stone pelting reported in 2018, 238 militants killed: MHA informs Rajya Sabha

The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday was informed that as many as 759 incidents of stone pelting were reported in Jammu and Kashmir IN 2018.

Union minister of state for home Hansraj Ahir also said 238 militants were killed by the forces in Jammu and Kashmir till December 2, 2018.

“There are instances of stone pelting during anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir. The state government has reported that 759 cases have been registered against stone pelters in 2018,” he said replying to a written question.

There were 587 incidents of violence in the state till December 2 this year in which 86 forces’ personnel and 37 civilians were also killed.

In the corresponding period in 2017, there were 329 incidents of militant violence in the state in which 200 militants were killed while 74 forces’ personnel and 36 civilians were also killed in these incidents.

Ahir said the violence in Jammu and Kashmir has been “sponsored and supported” from across the border and it has direct links to the infiltration.

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Recently, The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) has said that in 2018, till November, at least 520 people have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir which include 144 civilians.

In their Annual report of 2017, JKCCS had said that as many as 450 persons were killed in the year 2017. Out of the 450, 124 were armed forces, 217 militants, 108 civilians and 1 Ikhwani (renegade).

The report also mentioned that the civilian killings at gunfight sites in 2017 was the highest ever with 19 people being shot dead by the armed forces across the valley during gunfights.

Recently, PTI reported that over 230 militants have been killed in operations by armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir this year so far, while there has been a decrease in injuries caused due to stone pelting.

“As many as 51 militants were killed in the 80-day period from June 25 to September 14, while 85 militants were killed between September 15 and December 5,” an official said, quoted in the report.

“A total of 232 militants have been killed so far this year, while 240 militants, including foreigners, are active in the Kashmir Valley,” the official said.

“Eight people, including security personnel, were killed and 216 others, including security personnel, received injuries between June 25 and September 14 this year. In the subsequent 80 days — from September 15 to December 5 — just two people were killed and 170 others received injuries during stone pelting incidents,” the official said.

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