140 militants killed between June and December in Kashmir: GoI

140 militants were killed by armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir between June and December 2018 during which 426 stone pelting incidents were also reported in the state, Union minister for Home Hansraj Ahir said on Wednesday.

Replying to a written question in Rajya Sabha, he said 140 militants were killed from June 25 to December 5, 2018 in the state, where 119 militants violence took place during the period.

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Ahir said 426 stone pelting incidents took place in Jammu and Kashmir in the said period in which 34 civilians were injured.

As many as 171 forces personnel were killed while combating with militants in Kashmir and other parts of the country, guarding borders or serving their duty in 2016, 167 troops were killed in 2017 and 163 personnel in 2018 (till November).

Recently, The Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society in their annual report has said that the year 2018 was the deadliest year of the last decade in Indian administered Kashmir as violence peaked during the year resulting in the killing of at least 586 people in different incidents of violence, which is highest in the last decade. The dead include 160 civilians, 267 militants, 159 armed forces.

Moreover, Hurriyat (M) on Monday released ‘Human Rights Report 2018’, prepared by the human rights division of the amalgam.

As per the report, the year 2018 witnessed the total number of 543 deaths due to the ongoing conflict in J&K, the highest in the decade.

“Out of 543 persons, 161 were civilians, 127 government forces’ personnel, and 255 armed youth. Besides, 19 men and 8 women total 27 persons got killed on the other side of the line of divide reportedly due to continuous acrimony and exchange of fire between the forces deployed there,” he said.

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