JAMMU: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has said sixty-one security personnel and 11 civilians were killed, while 142 people were injured in 177 terror-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in the first four months of 2019.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) statement came in response to an RTI plea filed by social activist Rohit Choudhary of J&K.
The statement by Sulekha, Director of MHA said that the injured included 73 security force personnel and 69 civilians.
Earlier, General Officer Commanding in Chief (GoC-In-C), Northern Command, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said 86 terrorists were killed this year in the state and vowed that operations against the ultras will continue.
The border witnessed a skirmish after India's air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Pakistan's Balakot on February 26 in response to the February 14 Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
There has been a spurt in ceasefire violation by Pakistan after India's air strike at Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Balakot on February 26.
Pakistani troops fired mortar shells and small arms across the Line of Control at several areas in Jammu and Kashmir.
It includes Nowshera, Mendhar and Krishna Ghati sectors in Rajouri district, Gawahalan, Chokas, Kiker and Kathi posts in the Uri sector and Poonch Balakote.
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was caused by a suicide bomber.
On February 14, an explosives-laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar, killing more than 40 soldiers in one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.
The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.
On February 26, the Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation and attacked terror camps in Balakot area in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The air strikes come 12 days after the dreaded terror outfit-Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a debilitating attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama.
In response, On February 27, Pakistani F-16 jets violated the Line of Control and the aerial fight ensued.
Subsequently, Indian fighter jet shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet, which landed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 and captured an Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. However, he was released on March 1st after spending nearly 60 hours in Pakistani custody.
Subsequently, Pakistan lost one F-16 fighter jet while India lost MiG-21 fighter jet, IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was arrested by Pakistan. However, on March 1st he was released.