Srinagar Aug 5: Police on Friday said that law and order incidents in Kashmir have dropped by over 88 per cent in three years since the revocation of the erstwhile state's special status compared to the preceding three years. As per the data shared by the Kashmir Zone Police, from August 5, 2016, to August 4, 2019, the Valley witnessed 3,686 law and order incidents.
However, for the three years from August 5, 2019 – when the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcated it into two Union territories – the Valley recorded only 438 such incidents – which is a drop of over 88 per cent, the police said. The police said while 124 civilians were killed in law and order situations in Kashmir in the three years prior to August 5, 2019, no civilian was killed since then.
"Similarly, six police and security forces personnel lost their lives in such situations from August 5, 2016, to August 4, 2019, but there was no such case since then, according to the data. Police said 930 terror incidents were recorded in the three years before August 5, 2019, and this number dropped to 617 in the next three years. Three years before the abrogation of Article 370, 290 security forces personnel were killed in terror incidents in the Valley, and this number dropped to 174," Kashmir Zone Police said in the statement.
"As far as civilian killings in other incidents such as terrorist attacks are concerned, police said the number dropped from 191 to 110 in the three years after the constitutional changes, " it added.
ADGP Kashmir Zone Police, Vijay Kumar told Greater Kashmir that specific inputs generated by police and joint operations launched along with security forces have led to maximum damage to terrorists but either zero or minimum collateral damage to civilians’ lives and properties. "Parents have shown great trust on the security forces. Parents and Police have jointly brought several misguided young boys from terrorism to normal life, " he said.