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North East records more violence than J&K

By K Anurag in Guwahati
April 24, 2008 03:35 IST
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Jammu and Kashmir is no longer the area most affected my militancy and separatist violence in the country, as the conflict-ridden North eastern states of the country have surpassed it in respect of incidents of insurgency-related violence and related civilian casualties.

The north eastern states recorded 1,489 incidents insurgency-related violence in 2007 while Jammu and Kashmir recorded about 500 incidents of violence less in the same year, according to the latest report titled, 'Status Paper on Naxal Activities', prepared by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

There has been an increase of violent incidents in the north east since 2003, while J&K has been witnessing a declining trend during the period. J&K recorded 3,401 incidents in 2003 as against 1,332 incidents in north eastern states.

The north eastern states, which witnessed lesser number of civilians being killed in terrorist violence in comparison to Jammu and Kashmir till 2006, have registered 498 civilian casualties in 2007 compared to 158 civilians killed in J&K in the same year.

However, J&K recorded 110 casualties among security forces in the year 2007 as against 79 security personnel killed in action in the north eastern Region in the same year.

Among the north eastern states, Assam was worst affected by insurgency related violence as far as casualty figures are concerned. The state witnessed highest number of 314 killings including that of security personnel last year in the region.

The state witnessed 584 incidents of violence last year. Already 62 killings have taken place in Assam in the first three months of the current year as a result of 153 violent incidents occurring during the period.

There are about 12 insurgents groups operating in different parts of Assam and out of those, the proscribed United Liberation Front of Asom has triggered the maximum number of violent incidents. Two other tribal militant groups, the Black Widow or the anti-talks faction of Dima Halam Daogah and Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front are also not lagging far behind the ULFA in engineering violence in the state especially in two hill districts, North Cachar Hills and Karbi Anglong.

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K Anurag in Guwahati