Death Toll Of Security Forces In Jammu & Kashmir Has Risen 94% In 4 Years
Firemen spray water on a road to wash away the blood stains at the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, Thursday, February 14, 2019. (Source: PTI)

Death Toll Of Security Forces In Jammu & Kashmir Has Risen 94% In 4 Years

Forty four Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in a blast on Feb. 14, 2019. This is the deadliest attack on security forces in J&K and second worst on the CRPF after 75 personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada in 2010.

As many as 339 security forces died--a 94 percent increase from 47 in 2014 to 91 in 2018--in 1,708 terrorist attacks over the five years ending 2018 in J&K, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, minister of state in the ministry of home affairs informed the Lok Sabha in his reply on Feb. 5, 2019.

Terrorist incidents in J&K increased 177 percent over four years to 2018, from 222 to 614; 838 terrorists were killed over the last five years, a 134 percent increase from 110 in 2014 to 257 in 2018.

The year 2018 witnessed the most terrorist incidents over the last five years, 80 percent increase over 2017.

More than 70,000 terror attacks were reported in J&K over the 28 years to 2017; 22,143 terrorists were killed and 13,976 civilians and 5,123 soldiers died, IndiaSpend reported on June 19, 2018.

There were 78 buses carrying 2,500 CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar when the convoy was attacked on Feb. 14, 2019, ANI reported. The Jaish-e-Mohammad, a Pakistan based terrorist organisation, claimed responsibility.

(Mallapur is a senior policy analyst with IndiaSpend.)
This copy was published in a special arrangement with indiaSpend.

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