Militancy now almost zero in Kashmir: Rajnath Singh

He was responding to an issue raised by Congress member K. Suresh on the recent killings of a few people.
File Photo of Rajnath Singh
File Photo of Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday asserted in Lok Sabha that militancy incidents in Jammu and Kashmir have come down to almost nil.

Singh also said the Army, paramilitary forces and the Jammuand Kashmir Police have been coordinating to fight militancy.

"Terror incidents have been taking place in Jammu andKashmir for the last 30-35 years. But I must compliment the forces. Terrorincidents have now come down to almost nil," he said.

He was responding to an issue raised by Congress member K.Suresh on the recent killings of a few people.

Two people were killed and seven injured in J&K'sAnantnag district on Tuesday.

In separate incidents last month, five migrant labourersfrom West Bengal and two truck drivers were killed.

Suresh also accused the government of misleading the Housethat normalcy has been restored in Kashmir.

The Defence Minister said since last five-and-half years,except Kashmir there has been no major incident in the country.

In case of Jammu and Kashmir, it has been witnessingmilitancy incidents for last 30-35 years, he said.

Not satisfied with Singh's reply, Opposition members saidnormalcy has to be restored.

Last week, Home Minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha thattotal normalcy prevails in Kashmir with government offices and educationalinstitutions functioning fully, but Internet connection will be restored afterthe local administration feels it is fit to do so.

He also asserted that not a single person has died in policefiring since August 5 when the Centre abrogated special status of the statealthough many feared there would be bloodshed and more killings.

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