Militancy In J&K Declined In Last Three Years: Govt

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New Delhi: There has been a significant decline in militancy incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in the last three years but instances of shelling from across the border have gone up abruptly, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy shared this in a written reply.

‘During the past three years, there has been a significant decline in militant incidents and attempts of infiltration from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir. However, the incidents of shelling from across the border have increased during the past three years,’ he said.

Reddy said the militancy-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir have come down from 614 in 2018 to 244 in 2020.

He said killings of civilians have come down from 39 in 2018 to 37 in 2020 and deaths of security personnel from 91 in 2018 to 62 in 2020.

However, the minister said, instances of shelling from Pakistan increased from 2,140 in 2018 to 5,133 in 2020.

‘Pak Sending Weapons Through Drones’

Meanwhile the government Wednesday said some instances of supply of weapons through drones from Pakistan have come to light and security agencies were taking action on it.

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said this in Rajya Sabha, while responding to a question on whether the central government is aware that Pakistan has started supplying weapons to infiltrators via drones.

“Certain instances of supply of weapons via drones from across the Pakistan border have come to the notice of security and law enforcement agencies,” he said in his written reply.

Reddy said the government has been taking various steps to meet such challenges, which include round the clock effective surveillance, streamlining the intelligence set up, capacity building of forces, patrolling on the borders along with sensitization of local population in border areas, establishment of observation posts, border fencing, flood lighting, deployment and use of modern and hi-tech surveillance equipments, etc. (PTI)

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