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Note ban helped reduce stone pelting incidents in Kashmir, govt tells Parliament

As many as 564 Naxal cadres and sympathisers surrendered during the period from November 8, 2016, to November 29, 2016.

Reported by: PTI, New Delhi [ Published on: December 19, 2017 20:21 IST ]
Image Source : AP Stone pelting in Kashmir

The government today said the security situation in the country has shown improvement post demonetisation, but admitted that terror incidents have gone up in Jammu and Kashmir this year in comparison to last year.  Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said in Lok Sabha that incidents of stone pelting in Jammu and Kashmir have been reduced considerably too. 

“…the overall security situation in the country post  demonetisation has shown improvement. In Jammu and Kashmir, stone pelting incidents have reduced considerably,” he said in reply to a written question. 

He said Rs 90 lakh have been seized from Maoist cadres and supporters in Naxal-affected areas since the Modi government’s demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes on November 8, 2016. 

As many as 564 Naxal cadres and sympathisers surrendered during the period from November 8, 2016, to November 29, 2016.  The minister said the Northeast insurgency activities are at a low ebb in many states. 

Ahir, however, said there were 341 terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir between November 1, 2016, to October 31, 2017 in comparison to 311 such incidents in the corresponding period of the previous year. 

Similarly, there were 857 incidents of Naxal violence between November 1, 2016, to October 31, 2017 in comparison to 1,078 in the same period of the previous year. 

There were 323 militancy-related incidents in the Northeast between November 1, 2016, to October 31, 2017 in comparison to 507 in the same period of the previous year, the minister added.

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