Valley Turbulent Despite Article 370 Removal and Coronavirus Pandemic, 92 Terrorists Killed This Year
There is an assessment that the number could be around 150-250 for Kashmir region and 125-150 for Jammu region: Jammu and Kashmir DGP, Dilbag Singh on the number of terrorists at launchpads along the Line of Control (LoC) https://t.co/rYOGycxnBj— ANI (@ANI) June 8, 2020
Statistics show that even after the removal of Article 370, the encounter between the security forces and the terrorists in the valley continues unabated. The southern region of the valley did not remain calm even when the entire country including Jammu and Kashmir was facing lockdown due to COVID-19. The central government announced the removal of Article 370 on 4 August. At that time, there was a heavy deployment of security personnel in the valley. Despite this, 28 terrorists, 20 civilians were killed from August to December. During this time, four soldiers also died. According to the South India Terrorism Portal, in the year 2019, 163 extremists and 42 civilians died in the valley. During this operation, 78 soldiers were also killed in the operation. The situation is more or less the same in 2020. Between January and May, 92 terrorists and 10 civilians were killed. Apart from these, 29 soldiers of the Indian Army and Paramilitary forces were also killed. This year, army and paramilitary personnel managed to kill large extremists such as Hizbul commander Riaz Naiku and Junaid Sahrai, but also lost the rank of Major and Colonel officers. Last month, five people, including a major, a colonel, and a sub-inspector, were killed in an 18-hour encounter in Handwara.