January 2002 News

J&K militancy killed more people than Indo-Pak wars

3 January 2002
The Times of India

JAMMU: Eleven years of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir has taken more lives than all the casualties suffered during the three Indo-Pak wars together, top state government official said here on Friday.''During the past 11 years of proxy war, which Pakistan has forced on us since 1990, nearly 10,000 innocent civilians were among the 28,000 who lost their lives and property worth millions of rupees was destroyed'', the official said.As many as 14,356 militants have been killed since 1990 till last year, they said, adding that well co-ordinated operations of police and security forces backed by accurate intelligence in- puts, inflicted heavy casualties on the ultras during 2001.The meticulously planned counter-insurgency operations led to the killing of 2,020 militants in 2001, as against 1520 in the year 2001. Eighty- five ultras also surrendered to authorities, taking the total number of surrendered militants to 3,197 so far. A total of 568 personnel of state police, 2,485 personnel of other security forces followed by 208 special police officers and 66 village defence committee members have sacrificed their lives while combating miitancy from 1990 to ending 2001, they said.Since the state police have been at the forefront in the fight against militants, J&K police suffered the highest number of casualties in 2001, the spokesperson said.Giving details, the official said that 128 police personnel sacrificed their lives in this proxy war. Sixty-one special police officers and 16 village defence committee members also laid down their lives in different encounters with the militants last year.


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