Stone-pelting incidents in Jammu and Kashmir have seen a massive drop since 2019 amid heavy presence of armed forces, Covid-related restrictions and crackdown on overground workers of militant groups.
According to data available with the Ministry of Home Affairs, stone-pelting incidents between January and July have witnessed a drop of nearly 88 per cent compared to the same period in 2019. Injuries to security forces and civilians in such incidents also dropped by 84 and 93 per cent, respectively.
According to the MHA data, 618 stone-pelting incidents were recorded in the Valley during January to July in 2019, and this number reduced to 222 for the same period in 2020 and just 76 in 2021. Injuries to security forces in these incidents also reduced from 64 in 2019 to just 10 in 2021 during the same period.
The highest drop was witnessed in injuries to civilians due to pellet guns and baton charge — from 339 in 2019 to 25 this year.
The period has seen a corresponding increase in the arrest of over-ground workers (OGWs) of militant groups — from 82 in 2019 to 178 this year.
It was on August 5, 2019 that the Centre announced abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated the state into two Union territories. The decision was preceded by heavy influx of central armed police force (CAPFs) in Kashmir, a total lockdown of the region and incarceration of all key political leaders. Following the decisions, mobile telephony remained suspended in…