SRINAGAR: As many as 90 terrorists, more than half of them belonging to the proscribed Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit, were killed in different anti-terror operations in J&K this year so far, IGP (Kashmir range) Vijay Kumar said on Tuesday. At least 73 youth picked up arms during this period, he added.
Among those slain, 51 were from Lashkar-e-Taiba, 20 from Hizbul Mujahideen, eight from Jaish-e-Mohammad, six from Al-Bard, three from Ansar Ghazwat-ul Hind and two from ISJK, the IGP said.
Kashmir Valley witnessed over a 72% drop in law and order cases from August 2017-July 2019 to August 2019-July 2021, said a senior police officer. From August 2017-July 2019, there were 1394 law and order incidents in which four security forces personnel/policemen and 27 civilians were killed. The number plunged to 382 during August 2019-July 2021 in which no lives were lost, he added.
During August 2017-July 2019, as many as 383 youth joined terror outfits while 252 picked up arms during August 2019-July 2021, the officer said.
During August 2017-July 2019, as many as 350 terror incidents took place in which 202 security personnel and 135 civilians were killed. The number of such incidents rose to 680 during August 2019-July 2021, in which 76 security personnel/policemen and 72 civilians lost their lives, he added.