Casualties Figures of Army And Security Forces Also Terrorists Killed
The Minister of State for Home Affairs , G Kishan Reddy stated in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question “The government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism. Security forces are taking effective and continuous action in countering terrorism. This has resulted in corresponding change in the number of such incidents, including casualties.”
More than 700 terrorists have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir over the last three years, as per the Union Home Ministry. A total of 113 terrorists were killed between January and June 16 this year. 257 were killed in 2018, 213 in 2017 and 150 in 2016, taking the total number of terrorists killed during the period to 733, it said.
As many as 112 civilians have also lost their lives during this period in the state. Of them, 15 had died in 2016, 40 in 2017, 39 in 2018 and 18 between January and June 16, this year.
“Security forces keep a close watch on persons who attempt to provide support to terrorists and initiate action against them,” the Minister added.
Coming to the casualties suffered by the Army and the Security Forces , as many as 334 soldiers and Central/ state policemen were killed from 2016 to 2018 in areas where the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is in force, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament on Monday.
In a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Singh said 113 soldiers were killed in 2016, 125 in 2017 and 96 in 2018 in areas where the AFSPA is in force.
Apart from the above Raksha Mantri also said that 69 soldiers were killed in border skirmishes from 2016 to 2018. Responding to another question, he said the Army suffered 31 casualties during tactical actions in the said period.