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146 terrorists killed in encounter in J-K this year: Govt tells Rajya Sabha

india Updated: Dec 14, 2016 20:43 IST
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Army soldiers patrol on the Jammu-Srinigar National Highway during a combing operation after a gun battle with armed militants at an army base at Nagrota, some 15 kms from Jammu on November 30, 2016. (AFP Photo)

Close to 150 terrorists were killed in 97 encounters between militants and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir this year, the Centre said on Tuesday.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, minister of state for home affairs, Hansraj G Ahir, said 146 terrorists were killed, 76 terrorists or suspects arrested, 60 security force personnel killed and 104 others injured in 97 incidents of encounters in Jammu and Kashmir this year (till December 2).

In 2015, 102 terrorists were killed and 67 arrested while 39 security personnel were killed and 58 injured in similar instances. In 2014, a total of 107 terrorists were killed and 70 arrested while 26 jawans were killed and 20 injured, the minister said.

In reply to another question, Ahir said a total of 13 fidayeen attacks have taken place on security forces between May 2014 and December 2016, in which 58 security personnel were killed.

Giving more details, Ahir said, seven fidayeen attacks have taken place till December 13 this year, in which 39 security personnel were killed.

While in 2015, four such attacks took place, in which five jawans were killed, in 2014 there were two such attacks and 14 security personnel died.

The minister said there had been six incidents of attack on military establishment in Jammu and Kashmir between November 2014 and 2016, in which 22 terrorists were killed.

“Four terrorists were killed in an attack on Kathar Army camp and six in Mahora in Uri in 2014, while in two separate attacks on Army camps in 2015, two militants were killed in Samba and three in Tangdhar. Four militants were killed in an attack on Uri army camp while three in Nagrota camp,” he said.

Ahir said there has been a spurt in infiltration bids by the militants from the Pakistan side in Jammu and Kashmir.

“This year, till October, there had been 276 bids in which 109 militants successfully managed to enter India. Out of them, 29 militants were killed, 138 returned to Pakistan and two were arrested,” he said.

In 2015, 33 militants entered the Indian side in 121 infiltration attempts, 46 were killed, 41 returned and one arrested or surrendered. In 2014, 222 attempts were made in which 65 militants managed to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir, out of them 46 were killed and 105 returned to the other side of the border, the minister added.