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Currently 223 persons under detention in Jammu and Kashmir: Union Home Ministry

The Union home ministry on Tuesday said that 223 persons are currently under detention in Jammu and Kashmir and ruled out the house detention of any political leader in the Valley. Former J&K chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is among the senior political leaders still under detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

MoS (Home) G Kishan Reddy said the J&K government has reported that after the abrogation of Article 370 in August last year, various measures were taken to maintain public order which included preventive detention of certain persons. “As on September 11, 2020, 223 persons are under detention. No person is under house arrest in the UT of J&K,” he stated in a written reply. Reddy said after the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of J&K on August 5, 2019, the number of terrorist incidents has reduced significantly.

“From June 29, 2018 to August 4, 2019, there were 455 terror incidents in J&K and from August 5, 2019 to September 9, a total of 211 such incidents took place in the newly-created Union Territory,” he said. In response to another question, Reddy informed the house that 138 terrorists were killed by security forces between March and August this year. He said the government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism and security forces are taking effective and continuous action in countering terrorism.

“As a result, 138 terrorists have been neutralised in J&K from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020. During this period of six months, 50 security force personnel have attained martyrdom in terrorist-related incidents and ceasefire violations and cross-border firings in J&K,” he said replying to a written question. There were 176 infiltration attempts from across the border from August 2019 to July 2020 and 111 were successful, he added.