Comparative data of J&K police: Downward trend in Kashmir’s curve of violence since last 3 years

As the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir completes its third year, the J&K Police on Friday released data showing a steady decline in violence and killings of civilians after the abrogation of Article 370 in the Valley.

Three years ago, on August 5, Parliament revoked Article 370 and divided the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, and arrested all the mainstream leaders.

On the third anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370, no strike calls were given by any group. Only People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Chairperson Mehbooba Mufti tried to stage a protest, which was not allowed by the police.

Comparing the security situation in the Kashmir Valley before and after the abrogation of Article 370, police data shows a huge improvement in the situation. Between August 5, 2016 and August 4, 2019, there were 3,686 incidents of law and order disturbances in Kashmir, in which six policemen or security personnel also lost their lives.

In the next three years, after the abrogation of Article 370, only 438 incidents of law and order disturbances were reported in the valley during the same period and not a single security force personnel was killed in any law and order situation.

According to police statistics from August 2016 to 2019, around 930 terrorist incidents were reported in Kashmir, which dropped to 617 in the following three years. During the same period, the number of security forces killed in militant attacks dropped from 290 to 174. .

Police statistics indicate a sharp decline in civilian killings post Article 370. From 2016 to 2019, police say 191 civilians were killed in Kashmir, which dropped to 110 over the next three years.

A senior police official said that the information released by the police shows how the situation in Kashmir has improved after the abrogation of Article 370. “The figures reflect everything but forces must be vigilant as militants still have a presence here,” he said. He said.

ADGP of Kashmir Vijay Kumar, who visited several parts of Srinagar city on Friday along with senior officials, said that the opening of markets is a big achievement of the people. “Harat calls from Hurriyat are not being answered now. There are no stone pelting incidents at encounter sites and no large gatherings at funerals of militants, which has created a good atmosphere here. Kumar said hybrid terrorists were the biggest challenge for the forces last year. “Now hybrid militants are no longer a challenge for us,” he said.

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