Ceasefire failed to bring down violence in Kashmir
11 May 2001
The Indian Express
Srinagar: The unilateral ceasefire announced by the Centre in Jammu and Kashmir failed to bring down militant activities in the state, according to official figures released in Srinagar on Friday. Barring considerable decrease in border firing incidents along the Line of Control during the 150 days of ceasefire, the state witnessed a spurt in militant activities resulting in the death of 1033 persons including 415 militants and 214 security personnel from November 28,2000 to April 26,2001, it said. These figures show "abnormal" increase in the killing of not only civilians, but security personnel, politicians workers, counter-insurgents and informers of security forces. However, the number of militants killed during the ceasefire period has remained almost the same as witnessed during the corresponding period (November 28,1999 to April 26,2000) last year. The ceasefire period witnessed 1530 such incidents while only 1120 were recorded during the corresponding period last year, the figures stated. There was a spurt of "fidayeen" (suicidal) attacks on security installations by foreign militants during the period. While 17 "fidayeen" attacks were carried out by ultras, mostly associated with Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba outfit during the ceasefire period, only four such attacks were made during the same period last year. Comparing militant violence during ceasefire and pre-ceasefire, a government statement said 404 civilians were killed during ceasefire as against 381 before. Jammu and Kashmir police bore the brunt of militant violence with 60 policemen killed in militant attacks during the ceasefire period while 32 lost their lives during pre-ceasefire period. Similarly, 154 security personnel lost their lives during ceasefire period, the statement said, adding 415 militants were gunned down during the ceasefire as against 410 earlier. The statement said as many as 36 political workers were gunned down by militants during the ceasefire period while 11 such activists lost their lives before the announcement. Militants killed 31 workers of ruling National Conference during the ceasefire period followed by two each of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Congress and CPI (M) And one Awami League, the statement said. It added that 35 political leaders, 27 of them belonging to ruling NC, PDP (3), BJP (2), Congress, CPI(M) And peoples democratic freedom party (one each) were killed during 2000. As many as 156 personnel including special police officers, members of village defence committee, surrendered militants, released militants and counter-insurgent Ikhwani outfit activists were killed during ceasefire period, the statement said, adding 62 of them were killed earlier.