The government on Wednesday said there was a significant decline in violence in Jammu and Kashmir and the overall security situation in northeastern states had shown signs of improvement.
"In comparison to that in the corresponding period in 2005, there has been a significant decline both in terms of incidents and casualties of civilians and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir till October-end this year," Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
He said the overall security situation in NE states had also shown signs of improvement. "In naxal-affected states, while the number of incidents has shown a marginal decline, civilian casualties have slightly increased."
The number of incidents in Jammu and Kashmir till October 31 this year was 1442 as against 1736 last year.
As many as 131 security force personnel and 240 civilians were killed this year as compared to 168 security personnel and 490 civilians in 2005. 818 terrorists were killed in 2005 and 516 in 2006.
In the North East, the number of incidents had come down from 1113 in 2005 to 1106 this year and the number of civilians killed in violence this year was 238 as against 331 last year, he said. Security personnel killed this year were 64 against 55 last year.
The MoS said violence in naxal-affected Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and Maharashtra witnessed 1233 incidents this year as against 1318 last year.
Police personnel killed in 2005 were 125. This came down to 122 this year while the number of civilians killed went up from 440 to 467.