Over 697 political leaders and activists from Jammu and Kashmir have lost their lives during two decade long militancy in the Valley, a report by the State Home Ministry said.
According to the Ministry's recent report on militancy, the highest number of casualties (100) were reported in 2002 while the lowest (3) in 2008.
This year, so far four leaders were killed in the militant activities as compared to six in 2009.
In 2007, militancy claimed the lives of nine leaders, 17 in 2006, followed by 40 in 2005, 62 in 2004, 52 in 2003, 100 in 2002, 76 in 2001 and 35 in 2000.
Of the 697 leaders and activists killed in militancy up to November, 420 were from ruling National Conference, followed by 96 of opposition People Democratic Party and 85 of Congress party.
CPI-M lost its 16 leaders, BJP and Awami League 15 each, Independents 14, 12 of Janta Dal, 4 from PDF, three each from Awami Action Committee and Nationalist congress party, 2 each from JKNPP, JEI, Peoples Conference, Muslim United Front and Awami National Party and one each from Awami Mahaz, Akali Dal and ABVP.