4,799 incidents of stone pelting in J&K in 2015-17: Govt

NEW DELHI, Mar 7: There were 4,799 stone-pelting incidents and 872 terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in past three years, the Government today informed the Rajya Sabha.
Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said 730 incidents of stone pelting were reported in 2015. In 2016, he said, 2,808 such incidents were reported, and in 2017, the incidents numbered 1,261.
In a written reply to a question, he said there were 208 incidents of terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015, 322 in 2016 and 342 such incidents in 2017.
The total number of terrorists killed in past three years in the state were 471, the total number of security force personnel killed were 201, and 72 civilians were also killed during the period, he told the Rajya Sabha.
“Jammu and Kashmir has been affected by terrorist violence that is sponsored and supported from across the border. The levels of terrorist violence in the hinterland of Jammu and Kashmir are linked to the infiltration from across the border,” he said. (Agencies)
He also said that seventeen protesters died of pellet gun injuries in Jammu and Kashmir in the past two years.
Ahir said that two security persons were killed by protesters in the Valley in 2016.
As many as 13 protesters were killed in 2016 when security forces used pellet guns to thwart the agitators while four other protesters were killed in 2017, he said.
The minister in a written reply also said the government has constituted an expert committee on July 26, 2016 to explore other possible alternatives to pellet guns as non-lethal weapons.
“The recommendations of the committee have been taken into account by the government for appropriate implementation. “Accordingly, various measures such as using PAVA-Chilli (Shells and Grenades), STUN-LAC (Shells and Grenades) and Tear Smoke Shells are used to disperse the unlawful violent protesters before the use of pellet guns,” he said. (Agencies)