177 armed forces personnel killed in last 3 years in JK: GoI

An armed forces personnel stands near Ghanta Ghar in Lal Chowk, Srinagar. [FPK File Photo/VIkar Syed.]

New Delhi:  Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed over a thousand militant attacks on armed forces since 2019 and 177 personnel were killed, the Government of India informed Parliament on Monday.

Replying to Anand Sharma, a Rajya Sabha member from Congress party, Minister of State in the Defence Ministry of India, Ajay Bhatt, said that 594 militant attacks were recorded in 2019, 244 in 2020 and 195 as of mid-November, 2021.

He said that while 80 armed forces personnel were killed in 2019, 62 in 2020 and 35 till 15 November 2021.

The MoS Ajay Bhatt also informed that 137 armed forces personnel, 49 air force and four navy personnel lost life due to COVID.

Responding to a separate question by parliamentarian Dr Santanu Sen regarding the details of the total number of defence personnel, their family members and civilian staff who got COVID positive since its outbreak and those who lost their life due to the virus, the Minister said that 1311 family members of serving army personnel and 276 defence civilian staff died due to COVID.

He said 114 family members of serving Air Force and 41 defence civilian staff of Air Force besides 66 family members of serving navy personnel and 96 family members of defence civilian staff died due to the pathogen. (GNS)


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