Twenty-six civilians have been killed this year so far, according to official figures.
The latest data compiled by police reveals spurt in violence as compared to last two years. In 2015, 26 civilians have been killed from January to August 11 as compared to 29 civilian deaths in 12 months of 2014. In 2013, 15 civilians were killed.
According to the annual report of Ministry of Home Affairs, 224 incidents of violence were reported in Jammu and Kashmir in 2014 in comparison to 170 incidents in 2013 which also include civilian deaths and militant attacks.
The state witnessed 86.66 per cent more civilian casualties and 30.58 per cent militant attacks in 2014 in comparison to 2013.
The official data further reveals that 20 civilians have been injured in past seven months in Kashmir zone. It states that 7 police men, 2 paramilitary forces, 6 Army men and 1 SPO were killed from January 1 to July 23 this year in Kashmir region.
“Six police men, 12 army personnel and one SPO were injured in past seven months in Kashmir,” the official figures read.
In 2014, 59 civilians, 28 policemen, 28 paramilitary forces, 13 Army men and five SPO’s were injured in Kashmir division.
The official document states a total of 56 militants have been killed in past seven months while as 110 militants were killed last year in comparison to 67 in 2013.
Meanwhile, the MHA in its annual report said the ongoing militancy in Jammu and Kashmir is “intrinsically linked” with infiltration of militants from across the border both from the International Border as well as the Line of Control.
The data maintained by JK police on ceasefire violations reveals that 156 violations have taken place in past seven months in J&K. “During the period of January 2015 and July 23, 156 ceasefire violations have taken place against 226 in 2014,” reads the official document.