Over 200 terrorists have been killed by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir so far this year, according to Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid.
“Today by the collective effort of @JmuKmrPolice, Indian Army, @crpfindia, CAPF and people of Kashmir have led to neutralisation of more than 200 terrorists in the year of 2017 alone,” Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid tweeted.
It is for the first time in last seven years that the number of militants killed in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir has crossed 200.
“This marks a huge landmark for establishing peace and stability in the state of J&K and our country,” the J&K DGP added .
In 2010, 270 militants were killed. However the number dropped to around 100 per year by the end of 2015. In 2016, 165 militants were killed by the security forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and in the hinterland.
There has been an increase in civilian killings in militancy-related violence as well with 54 civilians getting killed this year compared to 14 last year. The number of security forces killed in militancy-related incidents this year was 77, lower than the 88 fatalities witnessed last year.
Vaid's tweet tweet came on a day five militants were killed in two separate encounters by the security forces in Kashmir's Budgam and Baramulla districts.
In a major development, the security forces killed 4 militants in an encounter in Pakherpora area of central Kashmir's Budgam district this morning.
One militant was killed in a separate incident in the state.
On November 19, Lt Gen J S Sandhu, General Officer Commanding (GoC), Srinagar-based Chinar Corps claimed that security forces had killed 190 militants by that day in 2017.
He also pointed out that out of these 190, 80 terrorists were local while the remaining 110 were foreign terrorists.
Sandhu had also added that around 200 terrorists, including 100 foreigners, were still active in Kashmir.
“It is very difficult to give an exact figure and the variation of figure continues because it changes from day to day. But, we know that it is around 200. The assessment of local terrorists is around 110-120. Similarly, the foreigners are about 100,” he said.