As many as 256 incidents of terror violence have taken place in strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir in the first six months of 2018, claiming the lives of 59 security personnel and civilians, according to data presented in Parliament by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday.
Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir told the Rajya Sabha that 100 terrorists, 43 security personnel and 16 civilians were killed in the 256 incidents in the state between January 1 and July 8.
The number has seen a steep hike since 2017 and 2016.
According to the data presented by Ahir, 342 and 322 incidents of terrorist violence were reported in 2017 and 2016, respectively.
The MHA said a total of 213 terrorists, 80 security personnel and 40 civilians were killed in 2017 while 150 terrorists, 82 security personnel and 15 civilians were killed in 2016 as a result of terror violence.
“As per reports, two youths from other states of the country have been found involved in stone pelting in Jammu and Kashmir and in this regards two separate FIRs have been registered in 2018,” Ahir said while responding to a question.
(With agency inputs)