Kashmir Ceasefire Comes After 50 Percent Rise In Armed Encounters And Killings During 2015-2017 Over 2012-2014

The Ramzan ceasefire announced by the Indian government on 16 May, 2018, comes after a period of heightened armed violence and killings in Kashmir. An IndiaSpend analysis of Jammu & Kashmir Police data shows that in the three years since March 2015, when the current government assumed power in the state, armed encounters between militants and security forces have increased by 53 percent over the preceding three years. Deaths in conflict have similarly increased by 51 percent.

The Peoples Democratic Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party formed a coalition government in Jammu & Kashmir in March 2015. Data suggest an increase in violence and related deaths since then, particularly after the July 2016 killing of militant commander Burhan Wani–209 militants were killed in 2017, up 65 percent from 136 in 2016.

The data also attest to a spurt in incidents of stone pelting, pellet and bullet injuries, as well as damage to homes and private property. Read More…

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