118 civilians, 128 forces personnel killed post 5 August 2019 in JK: GoI

Armed forces personnel stationed in Maisuma Srinagar, Kashmir. [FPK Photo/ Zainab]

‘No Kashmiri Pandit reportedly migrated from Kashmir in nearly 3 years’

Srinagar: The government of India on Wednesday said 118 civilians and 128 armed forces personnel have been killed by militants in Jammu and Kashmir from 5 August 2019, when the BJP-led GoI scrapped the JK’s special status and split the state into two Union Territories, till 9 July this year.

In a written reply to a question by Digvijaya Singh in the ongoing monsoon session of the parliament, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, India, Nityanand Rai said five Kashmiri Pandits and 18 civilians were killed during the period.

“The Government has a policy of zero tolerance against (militancy) and the situation has improved significantly in Jammu and Kashmir,” Rai said in the reply, a copy of which lies with GNS.

“There has been a substantial decline in (militant) attacks from 417 in 2018 to 229 in 2021,” he said, adding, “From August 5, 2019, till 9th July 2022, 128 armed forces personnel and 118 civilians have been killed by (militants) in Jammu and Kashmir. Out of 118 civilians killed. No Pilgrim has been killed during this period,” he said.

Singh had sought details about the number of civilians, pilgrims and armed forces personnel killed by militants in Jammu and Kashmir from August 5, 2019 to till date, and out of them how many were Hindus and Kashmiri Pandits.

To Singh’s queries about the number of Kashmiri Pandits residing in other parts of the country who were resettled in the valley and the number of Kashmiri Pandits who migrated from the valley during the period, Rai said: “Under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP), 5502 Kashmiri Pandits have been provided Government jobs in different departments of Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir in the valley.”

Further, he said, as per the records, no Kashmiri Pandit has “reportedly” migrated from the valley during the period.


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