‘146 militants killed in encounters in JK this year’

A total of 146 militants have been killed in 97 incidents of encounter between militants and the forces in Jammu and Kashmir this year.

A total of 146 militants have been killed in 97 incidents of encounter between militants and the forces in Jammu and Kashmir this year.

Sixty force personnel were killed in such encounters, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj G Ahir said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

In 97 encounters in Jammu and Kashmir this year (till December 2), 146 militants died, 76 militants or suspects were arrested, while 60 force personnel were killed and 104 others sustained injuries, he said. In 2015, 102 militants were killed and 67 arrested while 39 force personnel were killed and 58 injured in such encounters. In 2014, a total of 107 militants were killed and 70 arrested while 26 soldiers were killed and 20 injured, the minister said.

In reply to another question, Ahir said a total of 13 fidayeen attacks have taken place on forces between May 2014 and December 2016, in which 58 security personnel died.

Giving more details, Ahir said, seven fidayeen attacks took place till December 13 this year, in which 39 force personnel were killed. While in 2015, four such attacks took place, in which five soldiers were killed, and in 2014, there were two such attacks and 14 force personnel sacrificed their lives in them. The MoS said there had been six incidents of attack on military establishment in Jammu and Kashmir between November 2014 and 2016, in which 22 militants were killed.

"Four militants were killed in an attack on Kathar Army camp and six in Mahora in Uri in 2014, while in two separate attacks on Army camps in 2015, two militants were killed in Samba and three in Tangdhar. 

Four militants were killed in an attack on Uri army camp while three in Nagrota camp," he said.

Ahir said there has been a spurt in infiltration bids by the militants from the Pakistan side in Jammu and Kashmir."This year, till October, there had been 276 bids in which 109 militants successfully managed to enter India. Out of them, 29 militants were killed, 138 returned to Pakistan and two were arrested," he said.

In 2015, 33 militants entered the Indian side in 121 infiltration attempts, 46 were killed, 41 returned and one arrested or surrendered. In 2014, 222 attempts were made in which 65 militants managed to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir, out of them 46 were killed and 105 returned to the other side of the border, the minister added.

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