Govt Forces Killed 140 Militants Between June-December

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NEW DELHI — Altogether 140 militants were killed by state forces in Jammu and Kashmir between June and December 2018 during which 426 stone pelting incidents were also reported in the state, Union minister Hansraj Ahir said Wednesday.

Replying to a written question in Rajya Sabha, he said 140 militants were killed from June 25 to December 5, 2018 in the state, where 119 militancy-related incidents took place during the period.

The minister of state for home said 426 stone pelting incidents took place in Jammu and Kashmir in the said period in which 34 civilians were injured.

As many as 171 security personnel were killed while combating with militants in Kashmir and other parts of the country, guarding borders or serving their duty in 2016, 167 troops were killed in 2017 and 163 personnel in 2018 (till November).  

“There have been various ceasefire violations at Jammu and Kashmir border by Pakistani troops and many terrorist infiltrations throughout 2018 where security personnel and civilians were martyred. In a recent incident, the Indian and Pakistani armies had traded fire along the Line of Control (LoC) on January 1 in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said. Defence sources said Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing at Indian positions on Tuesday morning,”it noted.

“Tuesday’s ceasefire violation comes on the first day of the New Year. In 2018, there have been over 1,400 ceasefire violations on the LoC and the International Border (IB) by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement added. (PTI)

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