79 security personnel killed in J&K terror incidents, 17 in ceasefire violations in 2019: Home Min

New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy, in a written reply to a question regarding the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) , in Rajya Sabha yesterday, said that the Government has adopted a policy of zero-tolerance towards terrorism and security forces are taking effective and continuous action in countering terrorism as a result of which a large number of terrorists have been neutralized in the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the past few years.

There were 594 terrorist incidents in J&K in 2019 (till 17 November). In these incidents, 91 security personnel and 39 civilians lost their lives. Attempts of infiltration in J&K were down from 328 in the year 2018 to 171 in 2019 (up to October).

Moreover, there were 2,753 incidents of ceasefire violations/cross border firings in J&K in 2019. 17 security personnel and 15 civilians lost their lives in these incidents.

Elaborating on the multi-pronged approach adopted by the Government to contain cross-border infiltration, Reddy said that this includes multi-tiered deployment along the International Border / Line of Control (IB/LoC), border fencing, improved intelligence and operational coordination, equipping Security Forces with advanced weapons and taking pro-active action against infiltrators.

Reddy also stated that the Government has sanctioned construction of 14,460 bunkers to mitigate the hardships being faced by people living on IB/LoC, due to cross border firing.

Reddy added that as per the report of the Government of J&K, since 5 August 2019, no person has died due to police firing in law and order related incidents.

He noted that during the same period, 3 security force personnel and 17 civilians have been killed in terror-related incidents while 129 persons were injured.

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