Militant attacks in J-K did not stop even after removal of Article 370

There have been 244 militancy-related incidents in the union territory in the year 2020 and 229 incidents in the year 2021

About three years ago on August 5, 2019, Article 370 and Article 35-A were abrogated by the Bhartiya Janata Party-led Central government in Jammu and Kashmir. The government had claimed that the move would curb militancy in the Valley.

The Central Government had issued a booklet titled ‘One nation, one Constitution, one Prime Minister and one flag’ which claimed Syama Prasad’s long-cherished dream has come true and enumerated the benefits of the abrogation of Article 370.

The booklet also quoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as saying, “Kashmir is moving on the path of peace and development.”

Truth about peace in Jammu & Kashmir

It is only from the data of the government presented in the Parliament that it is known that Jammu and Kashmir is continuously being a victim of militant attacks.

In the year 2020, there were 244 militant incidents, in which 62 security forces personnel and 37 civilians lost their lives. More local civilians were injured in these attacks than the security forces personnel. The number of soldiers injured in militant attacks was 106 and the number of civilians was 112.

In the last year i.e, 2021, there were 229 militant incidents within Jammu and Kashmir, in which 42 security forces personnel and 41 civilians lost their lives. During this period, 117 security forces personnel and 75 civilians were injured.

J&K still far from mainstream

Describing Article 370 as a hindrance, the Central government has written in its booklet that Jammu and Kashmir was treated differently from other states of India. Because of this, it claimed, the erstwhile State was far from the mainstream.

The government claims that the removal of Article 370 has connected Jammu and Kashmir with the mainstream. However, the figures presented in Parliament show that this claim is not true, especially if militancy or violence is concerned.

In the year 2020, there were 244 militant incidents within Jammu and Kashmir, but in the same year there was no such incident in any other part of the country. No security forces personnel lost their lives, nor did the common citizen become a victim of militancy.

In the year 2021, Kashmir faced 229 militant attacks, while in other states of the country only one terrorist incident took place, in which no one died.

‘Government making continuous efforts to curb militancy’

Replying to Avinashi Ganeshamurthi’s question in Parliament, on July 19, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said that the government is working on a zero-tolerance policy against terrorism.

“The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved significantly. The number of terrorist attacks has dropped significantly. There were 417 incidents in 2018, which has come down to 229 in 2021,” the minister said while giving statistics about the militancy-related incidents.

The Union Minister of State for Home further informed that the government has taken several measures to normalize the situation in the Kashmir Valley.

These measures, as per the minister, include strong security and intelligence grid, active operations against militants, intensive night patrolling and Naka checks, security arrangements through proper deployment and a high level of vigilance by the security forces.

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