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In 27 years, terrorism killed 14,000 civilians, 5000 jawans in J&K
Eradicating cult of secessionist violence
9/25/2017 10:53:22 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Sept 25: The official data on the killings of civilians, jawans and terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir between 1990 and 2017 is out. It says that the cult of terror took away as many as 41,000 lives in the past 27 years. In other words, it said that on an average four persons lost their lives per day and 1519 deaths every year in the terror-related incidents across the state, especially in Kashmir and Jammu. Ladakh remained largely free of secessionist violence.
Jammu & Kashmir witnessed 69,820 terror-related incidents during the period: which means the nation witnessed as many as 2,586 terrorist incidents every year.New Delhi blames "cross-border terror" from Pakistan the cause of so-many deaths in the state. On Saturday, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj termedPakistan as "Terroristan".
According to the official data, the security forces eliminated a whopping 22,000 militants or terrorists. 14,000 civilians also lost their precious lives during the same period. The security forces too suffered huge losses in terms of men. No less than 5,000 jawans lost their lives. Of course, not on the same scale and of the same magnitude as in the 1990s, terror related incidents increased after 2014. Between 2014 and March 2017, there were 795 terror-related incidents. These incidents took away the lives of 397 militants. 64 civilians and 178 security personnel were also killed. As compared to 222 incidents in the year 2014, there were 322 incidents in 2016. 2014 witnessed killing of 28 civilians and 47 security personnel, as also killing of 110 terrorists. Last year, 2016, the numbers of civilians killed was 15, of the security force personnel 82 and of terrorists 150.
The official data also shows that 2001 was the most volatile year. It witnessed liquidation of "highest" number of terrorists and jawans. 2020 militants were gunned down. 536 jawans and 996 civilians also lost their lives in 2001. 2001 also saw the highest number of 4522 terror- related incidents as well. Vajpayee was then the Prime Minister and Farooq Abdullah the Chief Minister.
To be more precise, in terms of civilian casualties, 2002 was the "worst with 1008 civilian deaths". 1707 militants, 453 security personnel were also killed that year.
The government data suggests that terrorism had "reached its peak" during the BJP-led NDA government, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister. Between 1999 and 2003, 7820 terrorists, 2055 jawans and 4519 civilians were killed in Jammu and Kashmir.
The data also shows that post 1990, the "second most tumultuous phase in the state was between 1993 and 1997 when 6522 militants were eliminated while 4910 civilians and 1012 security personnel lost their lives" and terrorism witnessed a "steady decline from 2004 onwards till 2014 with a sharp decrease in the number of killings'.
In 2013, there were only 170 terror-related incidents in Jammu & Kashmir in which 67 militants, 15 civilians and 53 security personnel got killed.
It's a horrible picture. It's time for the authorities to end the cult of violence at any cost. And this can be done through a hard approach. Whosoever is guilty must be brought to justice.
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