NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai on Wednesday said 180 militants have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir during encounters with security forces this year so far.
Nityanand Rai, while informing the Rajya Sabha said 62 security forces personnel including 31 civilian were also killed during the current year. He said added 123 militancy-related incidents took place in J&K during the current year with 31 security forces personnel and 31 civilian being killed.
The slain civilians included 14 people belonging to minority communities, including three Kashmiri Pandits.
“14 persons belonging to minorities including three Kashmiri Pandits have been killed in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir since January, 2022 till November 30, 2022,” he said replying to a written question.
Rai said there were certain media reports of Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti highlighting their security concerns and various measures have been taken by the government to protect the lives of minorities which include group security in the form of static guards, day and night area domination, round the clock ‘nakas’ at strategic points among others.
Under Prime Minister’s Development Package, 2015, 3,000 government jobs for Kashmiri migrants have been created of which, 2,639 have been appointed in the last five years, he said.
He also said 8 journalists working with Srinagar based local newspapers received threat through “Kashmir Fight” blog and 4 journalists belonging to the media house Rising Kashmir also resigned.
“In this regard a case has been registered in Shergari Police Station, Srinagar,” he added.
He futher said the government has taken several steps to protect the lives of people including media persons from threats and attacks as under proactive security arrangements security grid which includes Police, Army, CAPF and intelligence agencies remain deployed across J&K to thwart any threat or attempt at the hands of militants or their handlers.