Violence by militants has risen
30 March 2001
The Times of India
The Times of India News Service
JAMMU: J&K govt The Times of India News Service JAMMU Violence by militants has 'sharply increased" in the state during the three-and-a-half-month ceasefire period, according to the state government. It said in a written reply in the assembly that 1,156 incidents of violence had been reported during the first 112 days of the unilateral ceasefire, while the corresponding figure last year was 257. The home minister said in the reply "The militant violence after the announcement of cessation of combat operations was more planned and target-oriented, well-determined lobbing of grenades, mine explosions and fidayeen attacks have registered an upward trend during the period. The killing of soft targets like political leaders and security forces informers has also increased." The minister said that 29 political activists, 25 of them of the NC, had been killing during the 112 days under review, against six killed in the same period immediately prior to the ceasefire. The comparative figure of civilian killings was 332 against 279. The home minister said 'security to individuals is provided on the basis of need, which is determined by the threat perception. This process is periodically reviewed and occasionally the last is revised." He added "All mainstream political activists are covered under the scheme unless someone shows his desire not to accept the security." The minister said that in the militancy during the last two years, the casualties were 1,986 civilians killed and 2,377 injured; 581 securitymen apart from 172 police personnel killed; and 1,861 local and 741 foreign mercenaries killed.