63 Militants, 61 Forces Personnel, 15 Civilians Killed In 2013

63 Militants, 61 Forces Personnel, 15 Civilians Killed In 2013

28 December 2013
Greater Kashmir
Shabir Ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: Sixty three militants, 61 security forces personnel and 15 civilians were killed in militancy-related incidents in Kashmir during 2013. For the first time in 25 years of armed conflict the ratio of militant and security forces killings was 1:1. As per the official data available with Greater Kashmir, 2013 has been the most peaceful year since outbreak of armed conflict in the state in 1989. Current year witnessed 10 percent decline in militancy-related incidents as compared to the last year. The data brings to fore that except Kulgam, almost all other districts of Kashmir were affected due to militancy related incidents. Though in some districts no militant was killed, but arrests and recoveries were made. The year witnessed killing of 63 militants, 61 security forces personnel and 15 civilians. Comparison of the data with the previous year shows that the militant and forces killing ratio in last 25 years of militancy was 1:4 and this year it was 1:1. During the year data mentions that 63 militants and 62 Over Ground Workers (OGWs) were arrested by police in different anti-militancy operations. Security forces officials said that the higher number of casualties of security forces this year was due to the change of strategy by the militants. “The strategy change was evident after Bemina and Hyderpora attacks,” officials said. In Bemina militant attack five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed while as in Hyderpora eight Army soldiers were killed and more than dozen injured and the incident took place a day ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to J&K. In Jammu region, twin militant attacks on a police station and an Army camp in Hiranagar and Samba in September left eight security men and two civilians dead. During the year three Panchayat representatives were also killed in suspected militant attacks. The killings trigged panic among the members who started tendering resignations through advertisements in newspapers. Around 30 militants were killed on Line of Control (LoC) while trying to cross-over, official data says.