The Centre on Wednesday stated that militant assaults in Jammu and Kashmir have considerably declined since August 5, 2019. No Kashmiri Pandit has migrated out of the Valley during the last three years, it alleged.
The erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was break up into two Union Territories after the Centre scrapped its particular standing below Article 370 of the Structure on August 5, 2019.
“The Authorities has a coverage of zero tolerance towards terrorism and the safety scenario has improved considerably in Jammu and Kashmir,” Minister of State for Dwelling Affairs Nityanand Rai stated. “There was a considerable decline in terrorist assaults from 417 in 2018 to 229 in 2021.”
The information was supplied by Rai in response to senior Congress chief Digvijaya Singh’s query in Rajya Sabha.
Rai advised the Home that 128 safety forces personnel and 118 civilians have been killed by militants in Jammu and Kashmir between August 5, 2019, and July 9, 2022.
“Out of 118 civilians killed, 5 have been Kashmiri Pandits and 16 belonged to different Hindu/Sikh communities,” he advised the Home. “No Pilgrim has been killed throughout this era.”
On being requested about what number of Kashmiri Pandits have left the Valley since 2019, Rai stated no member of the neighborhood had migrated over three years.
Centre’s declare, nevertheless, contrasts experiences of Kashmir Pandits fleeing the Valley after authorities worker Rahul Bhat was shot lifeless in his workplace in Budgam’s Chadoora space on Might 12.
In accordance with Kashmiri Pandit representatives from the camps, about 4,000 left, nevertheless, different experiences recommended the determine may very well be within the tons of.
Bhat’s killing had set off a wave of protests amongst Kashmiri Pandits who had taken authorities jobs and have been residing in migrant camps. Lots of them demanded that their family in Kashmir be relocated to Jammu for his or her security.
On June 5, owing to the stress, the Kashmir administration transferred 177 Kashmiri Pandit authorities faculty academics to “safer locations” inside the Valley.
A number of Kashmiri leaders have stated that focused killings have uncovered the Centre’s claims that normalcy prevails within the Union Territory.
Since January, at the least 20 focused killings, together with these of police officers, academics and village heads, have been reported in Kashmir. Out of those, 13 have been civilians – six have been Hindus and 7 have been Kashmiri Muslims. Lots of them have been shot point-blank of their properties or workplaces.