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Violent incidents in Kashmir register decline

india Updated: Oct 29, 2006 19:41 IST

As Jammu and Kashmir's Congress-led government completes a year in office next week, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has reason to be happy with its handling of the security situation as official figures show a 20 per cent decline in violent incidents since he took over.

Figures available with the Union home ministry also show that the killing of civilians and security personnel has fallen by 27 per cent during Azad's tenure.

Though political parties, including Azad's alliance partner PDP, have been critical of the state government's handling of human rights, the figures show only nine cases of rights abuses were reported this year.

These include the alleged custodial death of four persons, the disappearance of one person and alleged molestation of four women by security forces and police.

However, between November 2004 and October 23, 2005, six cases of alleged killing in custody, one disappearance in custody and 20 cases of women being allegedly molested and raped by security forces and police were recorded.

The PDP has been accusing Azad's government of mishandling the human rights situation in the state ever since he took over as chief minister on November 2 last year.

Apart from an increase in grenade attacks, there has been a decline in other violent incidents during his term, according to the official figures.