138 Militants, 50 Security Force Personnel Killed In J&K Since March: Centre

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Nasir Azam

Srinagar: The Government of India on Tuesday disclosed that 138 militants and 50 security force personnel were killed in Jammu & Kashmir during the past six months.

As per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), in a written reply, the Union Home Ministry informed the Lok Sabha that 138 militants have been neutralized in Jammu & Kashmir from 01.03.2020 till 31.08.2020.

During this period of six months, 50 security force personnel have been killed in militancy-related incidents and ceasefire violations/cross border firings in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to MHA, there have been 176 attempts of infiltration in Jammu & Kashmir since August 2019. Of which 48 attempts were made in August 2019, 40 on September, 26 in October, six in November, nine in December, three each in January and March, 23 in April, eight in May, and 10 in July.

The MHA’s reply states that regular attempts for infiltration by militants in Jammu and Kashmir are sponsored and supported from across the border.

“Government of India has adopted a multi-pronged approach to stop  cross-border intrusions and secure our territories, which inter-alia include the deployment of Border Guarding Forces along the International Borders, effective domination of the borders by patrolling, laying Nakas, manning observation posts along the borders, vulnerability mapping of Border Out Posts (BOPs), deployment of surveillance equipment, strengthening of the intelligence network, erection of border fencing & floodlighting and deployment of technological solutions in non-feasible areas like riverine gaps, etc,” the ministry said—(KNO)

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