114 die in violence in Kashmir in 120 days

At least 114 people have died in militancy violence in the strife-torn Kashmir in first four months of this year.
According to official figures, 114 people including militants, security men, civilians and political workers were killed in the first four months of 2018.
Among the deceased include 53 militants of Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, 33 civilians, 14 policemen, 13 army men and a BJP worker.
41 people including 16 civilians, 19 militants, four army men, a policeman and a political worker were killed in the violence in April, it disclosed.
As per the statistics, 29 people had died in March, 23 in February and 21 in January respectively.
In March, out of 29 people killed, 17 were militants, five civilians, four cops including three Special Police Officers and three army men.
In March, a two-day-long gunbattle between militants and forces in Check Fatehkhan forests of Halmatpora, Kupwara in which five Lashkar militants, two policemen and three army men were killed.
In February, at least 23 persons were killed and out of them, seven were militants, five civilians, five cops and six army men.
The month witnessed a fidayeen attack on a Military station in Sunjawan, Jammu in which six army men, a civilian and three attackers were killed. The gunfight had lasted for nearly three days.
In January, out of 21 persons killed, 10 were militants, seven civilian and four cops.
The April 1 witnessed three encounters in south Kashmir in which thirteen militants, four civilians and four army men were killed.
It was the highest single day casualties in the Valley in recent past.
Most of the civilians killed this year died in forces firing on protestors near encounter sites.
In 2017, 213 militants, 75 force personnel and about 50 civilians were killed in militancy-related incident across Kashmir.

javid@risingkashmir.com