176 civilian killed by militants during ceasefire
28 January 2001
The Indian Express
Jammu: Militants have gunned down 176 civilians and injured 421 in Jammu and Kashmir during unilateral cessation of combat operations announced by Prime Minister, Atal Behari during the holy month of Ramzan. According to the official sources, during 58 days of the ceasefire from novermber 28 to january 24, civilian killings have risen by 66 percent and civilian injuries by 207 per cent. In the 58 days preceding the ceasefire, 106 civilians were killed and 137 injured in the state. These figures reveal that militants were taking undue benefit of the suspension of combat operations against them by the security forces. Instead of responding to the Prime Minister's peace initiative and respecting people's yearning for peace, the Pakistan based mercenaries dominated outfits have in fact started targeting innocents, the sources said. According to the sources, as compared to civilian killings militants casualities have gone down after suspension of combat operations. Against 292 militants killed between October 11 and Novermber 27, last, only 118 militants were killed during 58 days of ceasefire, registering a sharp decline of 150 percent these casualities were mostly in the retaliatory actions by the security forces. Similarly, only 25 militants were nabbed during the ceasefire against 154 earlier in the corresponding period. As many as 42 militants have surrendered in 58 days prior to ceasefire and this figure declined to only 10 during the ceasefire. The killing of security forces and incidents of militant violence have come down marginally during this period. Against 73 killings of security personnel from October 11 to novermber 27 last year, 57 security personnel lost their lives during the ceasefire. But injuries to them have risen from 123 to 192. The sources said total incidents came down from 621 to 564, a decline of 57 incidents in 58 days, that comes to one incident less a day during the ceasefire. But incidents of grenade attacks and blasts have increased. As many as 126 such incidents including 72 grenade attacks, took place during the ceasefire.