150 killed in 5 months

At least 150 persons were killed in violence-related incidents across Kashmir valley during the first five months of the year.

The first four months, January to April, showed an upward trend in fatalities due to violence-related incidents.
However, the violence came down in May compared to April that witnessed highest number of killings this year.
In the past five months, at least 150 persons — civilians, militants, policemen and Army men— were killed making at least one person’s killing an average per day.

Of the 150 persons killed, 41 were reported in April, followed by 36 killings in May, 29 in March, 23 in February, and 21 in January.
Of the 150 people killed, 71 were militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad, 48 were civilians, 17 policemen including those of paramilitary CRPF and 14 Army men.

Of the 36 persons killed in May, 18 were militants, 14 civilians, three policemen and an Army man.
This month, in view of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the Government of India announced Non-Initiation of Counter-Insurgency Operation in the State.

On Thursday, two militants were killed after they attacked an Army patrol at Kralgund, Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
However, violence witnessed in May is lower than the violence witnessed in April as 41 persons including 16 civilians, 19 militants, four Army men, a policeman and a political worker were killed.
On April 1, two deadly gunfights between the government forces and local Hizb militants at Draggad and Kachdoora villages of Shopian left 12 militants, four civilians and four Army men dead.
In March, of the 29 killed, 17 were militants, five civilians, four policemen and three Army men.
The month saw a two-day-long gunfight between militants and government forces in Check Fatehkhan forests of Halmatpora, Kupwara that left five LeT militants, two policemen and three Army men dead.
In February, of the 23 persons killed, seven were militants, five civilians, five policemen and six Army men.
The month witnessed a deadly threee-day Fidayeen attack on a military station in Sunjawan, Jammu that left 10 people including six Army men and a civilian dead while three Fidayeen of Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit were also killed.
In January, of the 21 persons killed, 10 were militants, seven civilian and four policemen while Army suffered zero damages.
So far, the civilians were mostly killed in the government forces firing at protestors.
Among the deceased civilians were also those killed in crossfire near gunfight locations.
Few civilians were also killed by unidentified gunmen.
The Ramadan ceasefire, however, has brought some ease in the situation and there were rare incidents of stone pelting in the latter part of May in Kashmir.
Last year, around 213 militants, 75 government forces personnel and around 50 civilians were killed in militancy-related incidents.