Police Data Favour AFSPA Revocation

Police Data Favour AFSPA Revocation

6 April 2012
Greater Kashmir
Shabir Ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: With voices growing louder and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah pressing for revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from some pockets of Jammu and Kashmir, police data about militancy related incidents adds weight to the argument. The figures about militancy related incidents in year 2011 say that seven districts of Jammu and Kashmir are militancy free, 13 districts record “single digit” militancy related incidents and four districts record “double digit” incidents of militancy. The data available with J&K Police headquarters about the militancy related incidents says, “At least seven districts in the state are completely free of militancy.” The militancy free districts are Leh and Kargil districts of Ladakh region, Samba, Jammu, Kathua, Reasi and Doda districts of Jammu region. The data says in 2011, 13 districts have witnessed militancy related incidents in “single digits’” and among them six fall in the Valley. They are Budgam, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Islamabad (Anantnag) Shopian and Bandipora. In Jammu province the “single digit” militancy related incidents have been reported from Kishtwar, Ramban, Doda, Poonch, Rajouri, Udhampur. The data adds that this has left just four districts with “double digit” incidents of militancy and they are as Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara and Pulwama. The data claims that there has been steep and continuous decline in militancy related incidents in J&K bringing casualties to a new low. The data adds that year 2010 had been described as the “most peaceful year” in over two decades of militancy in the state, with 375 militancy related causalities throughout the year. However, year 2011 witnessed a further consolidation, with just 183 killed in the state. The break-up says that 34 civilians, 30 security personnel and 119 militant killings were recorded in 2011, down from 36 civilians, 69 security personnel and 270 militants in 2010. The data further says that militancy related incidents were 189 in 2011, dropped to just over a third of their number in 2010 (488). The data has also given the break up about arrests and surrender of militants before security agencies. There were arrests of 166 militants in 2011. As many as 19 militants, according to the data, surrendered in 2011 (till November) as compared to 20 in 2010. A total of 4,080 militants, including 276 commanders, had surrendered over the past 22 years, the report claims. A senior police officer who has served at various important positions said on the basis of anonymity that data throws weight behind the revocation of AFSPA. “For the revocation of the Act, the graph of militancy is the first and last point to be seen,” he said. “The data says there is steep and drastic decline in militancy and the Act needs to be revoked.”