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Telling Numbers: 42,000 killed in 3 decades of J&K militancy; 14,000 were civilians

At a time when the Centre has been stressing that normalcy has returned to the Valley, here's what the Home Ministry data show.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 24, 2019 10:40:32 am
Those killed include 14,038 civilians; 5,292 security personnel and 22,536 militants. (File Photo)

Since 1990, 41,866 persons have lost their lives in 71,038 incidents of militant violence in Jammu & Kashmir (now Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh Union Territories), according to data shared by Home Ministry sources. Those killed include 14,038 civilians; 5,292 security personnel and 22,536 militants.

From the peak years of militancy during the 1990s, when between 3,000 and 6,000 incidents of violence were being reported each year, the annual number of incidents has been below 500 each year in the last 10 years, the data show.

At a time when the Centre has been stressing that normalcy has returned to the Valley, the Home Ministry data show that all landline connections have been restored since September 4, restrictions under CrPC Section 144 lifted at all police stations since September 27, all schools have reopened since October 23, and mobile phone connections have been restored in all districts since October 14. These dates for the restoration of facilities are for the Kashmir Valley.

Telling Numbers: 42,000 killed in 3 decades of J&K militancy; 14,000 were civilians Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Jammu did not face snapping of landline connections from August 5. The other restrictions were lifted on earlier dates than in Kashmir, according to the data. Ladakh region did not face any of these restrictions. While orders under CrPC Section 144 CrPC have been removed from all 195 police stations (the two UTs have 202 including those in Ladakh), restrictions are imposed at some places at night, according to the Ministry.

All 93,247 landline phones are said to be functioning now. While mobile phone connections have been restored in all districts, not every connection has been restored. Out of 59,76,359 mobile phones, 20,05,293 post-paid mobile phones (voice) are functioning in the Valley, the data showed. Also, 280 e-terminals with Internet facilities have been arranged for the public in all 10 districts of the Valley, which have benefited more than 2 lakh people so far.

The data showed there has been no loss of life on account of any police firing in law and order incidents after August 5, the day when the government announced the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir state. There has been a decrease in incidents of stone-pelting reported — from 802 incidents in 2018 to 544 so far in 2019, including 190 incidents after August 5.

Telling Numbers: 42,000 killed in 3 decades of J&K militancy; 14,000 were civilians Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

All 20,411 schools in J&K and Ladakh are open and examinations are going on as per schedule, the data showed. Out of 50,537 students of Class XI in Kashmir Valley, 50,272 (99.48%) appeared in examinations. Further, 99.7% students are writing the 10th and 12th class examinations.

The data showed that in Srinagar City, 7,67,475 OPD patients were treated in September 2019, and 7,91,470 in October.

In this period, the data set says, the government has issued:

43,998 kilolitres petrol
37,129 kilolitres diesel
4,921 kilolitres kerosene
15,74,873 cylinders LPG.

The data showed 11.59 lakh tonnes of apples have been exported out of Jammu and Kashmir. NAFED has procured 8960 tonnes at Rs 38 crore so far from those farmers who are not able to sell their apples.

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