Atleast 400 Officers, soldiers killed in India fighting seperatists insurgency

Atleast 400 Officers, soldiers killed in India fighting seperatists insurgency
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NEW DELHI: As many as 400 security personnel were killed while fighting insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir and in counter-Maoist operations across Left-wing extremism-hit states in the past three years, Times of India has reported.

Union minister of state for home Hansraj Ahir <link> told the Lok Sabha in written reply to question that 572 civilians and 199 security personnel lost their lives while fighting Maoists between 2015 and 2017. In J&K, 72 civilians and 201 security personnel were killed in terror-related incidents.

Replying to another question, Ahir said there were 342 incidents of violence in Jammu and Kashmir in 2017, in which 80 security personnel were killed. As many as 213 terrorists were neutralised in the same year, a major jump over 150 terrorist killings in 2016.

In 2018, the month of January witnessed 28 incidents of violence in Jammu and Kashmir in which four security personnel and eight militants were killed.

In 2016, there were 322 incidents of violence in Jammu and Kashmir in which 82 security personnel and 150 terrorists were killed.

In a separate question relating to insurgency in the north-eastern states, Ahir said 308 incidents were recorded in 2017, a steady decline from 824 incidents in 2014, 574 in 2015 and 484 in 2016.

While civilians killings fell to 37 last year from 87 in 2016, security force killings were 12 against 17 in 2016. As many as 57 extremists were killed in 2017 as compared to 87 in 2016.

New Delhi