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Army, Police suffer highest casualties in Kashmir


Army, Police suffer highest casualties in

3398 security personnel lost their lives in Kashmir since 2001

NL Correspondent

SRINAGAR: The Army and the JK Police have suffered highest casualties in and Kashmir in the last 15 years.

According to the figures of the State Home Department, 3398 security personnel were killed by militants between 2001 to January 2017.

The Army has suffered highest casualties with 1693 personnel being killed between 2001 and January 2017, comprised (309) in 2001, (240) 2002 and (46) in 2016.  The JK Police suffered 629 casualties, (128) in 2001, (91) 2002, and (17) in 2016.  Besides, 409 SPOs were also killed in 15 years.  305 BSF personnel were killed in these years, followed by the CRPF (228), VDCs (96) ITBP (15), SSB (8). The others who suffered casualties are ITBP, BECON, IB and the CISF.

During 2002, 539 security personnel were killed and the number dropped to 384, 330 and 244 during 2003, 2004 and 2005 respectively. During 2015, the security forces suffered 39 casualties but the number rose to 84 in 2016 when the militants intensified attacks on forces in the valley.

In the first three weeks of January 2017, the forces didn't suffer any casualties, but the youth joining militancy has become a cause of concern for the forces.  Over the past three years, south Kashmir has become a breeding ground for militants with many youths joining their ranks. The number has gone up considerably following the killing of Burhan Wani. According to reports, 31 local youths joined militancy in 2013, the number for 2015 jumped to 66. The number of youth having joined militancy has reached to 90 during the 2016.  Most of the militants joined the ranks in four south Kashmir districts of Kulgam, Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian following Burhan Wani killing that led to six- month unrest in the valley.

DGP, S P Vaid recently said, “We are trying our best to change their minds. It is also the responsibility of the parents and society to guide their children. We have identified the children vulnerable to inimical propaganda and started counselling them in small groups so that these kids do not fall prey to militancy.”

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