33 soldiers, 107 militants killed : Srinagar, June 2: At least 169 persons including 33 Indian soldiers and 107 militants were killed in different violence related incidents in Indian Kashmir during the first five months of this year.
Srinagar, June 2: At least 169 people including 33 Indian soldiers and 107 militants were killed in different violence related incidents in Indian Kashmir during the first five months of this year.
The 2010 has already been declared as a crucial year by Indian defence minister and other security experts, who have said the violence trend will decide the fate of violence in the region.
“While 2009 was declared as ‘most successful year’ in Indian Kashmir during past two decades of turmoil, the violence trends have again gone up this year,” statistics reveal.
According to the data at least 169 persons including 33 Indian army and policemen, 107 militants and 29 civilians fell to violence during the first five months of 2010.
2010 started on a violent note in Indian Kashmir, with militants targeting Indian border guards on the very second day of the area. “On the same day a person was allegedly killed by policemen in North Kashmir,” the data reveals.
January 6, 2010 witnessed the first major fidayeen (suicide) attack in Indian Kashmir after a gap of two and a half years. A civilian, a policeman and two attackers were killed in the 27-hour long gunfight in the city centre, Lal Chowk.
On February 23, militants attacked an Indian army search party at Chinkipora, Sopore, some 55 kms north of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. At least four soldiers and a militant were killed in the fierce gunfight. Indian army fired hundreds of mortar shells towards the positions, where from militants were firing on them. At least 16 residential houses were damaged in the mortar shelling.
In yet another fierce gunfight on March 30, five militants and four Indian soldiers were killed at mountainous Rajouri region of Indian Kashmir.
Top militants and some senior army officials were among the dead.
The police and military officials apprehend that the militant violence may increase in the coming days.
There are also allegations that Indian army killed several persons in fake encounters and labeled them as militants. A 70-year old beggar was killed in North Kashmir by Indian army and initially labeled as oldest militant. However, later it was proved that the deceased was a beggar and not a militant.
Similarly, a case involving killing of three youth in fake encounter has recently been exposed. Now there are demands that all the encounters that have taken place on the Line of Control (defacto border between India and Pakistan in Indian Kashmir) and near frontier with Pakistan should be probed.
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National Turk / India – Faiz Ahmad