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158 soldiers, CAPF personnel killed in last three years in J&K: Defence ministry

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Srinagar: The Defence ministry Wednesday informed the parliament that a total of 158 soldiers including the CAPF (central armed police forces) personnel have been killed in militancy-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir between 2019 to June 2021 while the security environment in the region has witnessed significant improvement in the past two years.

Minister of State (MoS) Defence Ajay Bhatt was replying to queries raised including the year-wise details of soldiers killed in militancy attacks in the lower house of the parliament.

The MoS Defence in a written reply to the house said that a total of 158 soldiers including the CAPF personnel have been killed between 2019 to June 2021 which includes 80 in 2019, 62 in 2020 and 16 up to the ensuing month of this year in counter-militancy operations.

“The security forces are combating terrorists’ activities along the LoC by eliminating the infiltration bids and in the hinterland by carrying out counter-insurgency operations.”

The reply reads that the army carries out periodical review and refinement of the operating procedures and security arrangements of all its camps/garrisons/installations, based on threat assessment and analysis of past incidents. Based on these reviews, suitable drills and procedures are adopted to counter such threats.

“The security situation in J&K is dynamic and ever-evolving,” the defence ministry said. “Though fragile, the security environment has witnessed significant improvement in the past two years and steps are being taken in all domains to effect irreversible damages on militant tanzeems and eliminate the scourge of terrorism.”

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