Terrorist Violence Down By 24 Pc In Kashmir
14 January 2005
The Indian Express
Jammu: Fast dropping rate of infiltration and effective combat operations had resulted in a 24 per cent slash in militancy-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir during last year, state governor Lt Gen (retd) S.K. Sinha said. As against the 3,400 terrorism-related incidents recorded in 2003, only 2,500 were recorded during 2004, the governor said in an interview to Doordarshan telecast here today. He said terrorists suffered heavy causalities last year with 40 to 50 of their top leaders being eliminated in several encounters and praised the massive fencing work undertaken along the 750 km border of the state. The improved situation also resulted in a tourism spurt in the state with 3.76 lakh tourists, including over 18,500 foreigners, making Kashmir their fun destination during last season, Sinha said. Religious tourism also registered a record high with over four lakh people visiting Amarnath shrine and 60 lakh Vaishno Devi temple during last year, the governor added. On Indo-Pak relations, he said, 'a positive wind of peace is blowing across the subcontinent and people of the two countries want a lasting friendship.'