New Delhi: The number of terrorists incidents in Jammu and Kashmir has been on a decline and there has been an improvement in the security situation since August, 2019, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
Replying to a written question from MDMK member Vaiko who asked reasons for the continued unrest in the valley, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said there has been a decline in terrorist attacks in the Union territory from 2018 to 2021.
He said the number of terrorist incidents in 2018 was 417 which fell down to 255 in 2019 and 244 last year.
Rai said there has been a decline in terrorist incidents and the security situation has improved since August, 2019. The special status of the erstwhile state was revoked on August 5, 2019 and it was bifurcated into the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
The figure till November 20 this year stood at 203, he added.
The minister said that infiltration and aiding and abetting of terrorist activities from across the border have affected the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
The government has taken various measures, which include proactive operations against militants, identification and arrest of overground workers and action against members or supporters of banned organisations.
He said that night patrolling has been intensified and checking at Nakas, security arrangements through appropriate deployment, coordination meetings among security agencies, high level of alertness maintained by security forces and legal action in cases of terror funding were being done.
In reply to another question, the minister denied that any protests were reported during the visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to the union territory in October this year.
37-40 civilian killings in J&K every year between 2017-Nov 2021: MoS Home
The numbers of civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir have remained in the range of 37 to 40 every year between 2017 and 2021 (till November 30), the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
Responding to a question, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said notwithstanding attempts by the terrorists to target some civilians, a large number of migrant workers continued to stay on in the Kashmir Valley and left as usual upon onset of harsh winter.
“Also, a large number of tourists have visited Jammu and Kashmir during the last few months,” Rai said.
“The numbers of civilian killings have remained in the range of 37-40 every year during the last five years - 2017 to 2021 (till November 30, 2021),” he said. Nevertheless, the government has taken several steps to ensure safety and security of civilians, including those from outside of Jammu and Kashmir, the minister added.
“A robust security and intelligence grid is in place. Day & night area domination, patrolling and proactive operations against terrorists are being carried out. Besides, round the clock checking at nakas and road opening parties have been adequately augmented at strategic points to thwart any terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.