34 minority killings in JK since 2017, says GoI

An armed forces personnel stands deployed in Srinagar. [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

Srinagar: At least 34 persons belonging to minority communities have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir since 2017, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) India said on Wednesday.

While replying to a question of parliamentarian Mahesh Poodar about attacks on minorities in JK, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs India Nityanand Rai said that in the last five years, 34 members of minorities have lost their lives in militancy-related incidents in JK.

While giving details, he said that 11 persons of minorities were killed in 2017, three in 2018, six in 2019, three in 2020, and 11 in 2021.

To another question about whether there is a mechanism to provide monetary compensation to victims, he said that an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs is given under the scheme.

“Central Scheme for Assistance to Civilian Victims/Family of Victims of militant /Communal/ LWE Violence and Cross Border Firing and Mine/IED blasts on Indian Territory,” he said.

“In addition, Rs 1 lakh is paid to the NoKs of civilians killed in militancy-related violence under the existing scheme of administration of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said as per the news agency Kashmir News Observer.

While replying to other questions about what measures have been taken by GoI to ensure the safety of minorities in the valley, the minister said that the Government has taken several measures to ensure the safety of minorities in the valley.

“These include a robust security and intelligence grid, group security in the form of static guards, day and night area domination, round the clock checking at Nakas, patrolling is being carried out in the areas where the minorities reside besides proactive operations against militants,” Rai said.


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