37-40 civilians killed in J&K every year on an average during last five years: MHA

'Large number of tourists visited J&K in past few months'.
37-40 civilians killed in J&K every year on an average during last five years: MHA
Security forces stand guard outside a government school in Eidgah area of Srinagar where two teachers were shot dead on Thursday October 7, 2021.[Representative Picture]Aman Farooq for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 15: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Wednesday said that 37-40 civilians were killed in J&K every year on an average during the last five years.

According to news agency KNO, Union Minister of State for Home (MHA) Nityanand Rai while replying to a query whether civilian killings in J&K have increased recently, said that the number of civilian killings have remained in the range of 37 to 40 every year during last five years—2017 to 2021 till November 30.

The Minister also stated that "notwithstanding the attempts by the militants to target some civilians, a large number of migrant workers continued to stay in Kashmir and left as usual in view of the onset of harsh winter".

“Also a large number of tourists have visited J&K during the last few months,” he said.

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