Year 2015: 100 Militants, 41 Civilians Killed, So Far



Like previous year, the year 2015 also witnessed violence round the year claiming all but 195 lives including hundred local and non-local militants. Militancy related incidents had claimed 220 lives in 2014.

The graph of violence came down slightly this year. Among the 195 total killings this year, 100 are militants, 12 Policemen, 41 Civilians, 35 Army men, 5 BSF personnel and 2 CRPF men. Last year among the total 220 killings, 106 were militants, 17 Policemen, 52 Civilians, 39 Army men, 4 BSF personnel and 2 CRPF men.

This year top notch militants including the LeT commander Abu Qasim were killed. As compared to previous year, this year the trend in youth joining militant ranks “got impetus and more youth were seen hugging militancy all across Valley particularly in South Kashmir”.

In January there were total 19 killings including 10 militants, 3 Army men, 3 Civilians, 2 policemen and a BSF man. Six militants were killed in February. A 20-year-old youth Farooq Ahmed Bhat was killed by forces in February when they opened fire on protesters in north Kashmir’s Palhallan area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Protestors were protesting against nocturnal raid by police. Eight people including 4 militants, 3 forces personnel and a civilian from Kathua were killed in the month of March 2015.

The month of April saw 11 killings including five forces personnel, 5 civilians and a militant.

In April militants managed to inflict damages on forces killing five of them and critically injuring a ‘top’ counter-insurgency cop.

Militants fired upon an SOG man identified as “Mustafa” in a bus at Mirgund Pattan injuring him critically. Suspected militant also fired upon a former militant in Tral town wounding him critically in the month of April.

In May there were total 13 killings including 5 militants, 2 civilians and 9 forces personnel.

Suspected militants targeted telecom companies and hurled couple of grenades on mobile towers in Srinagar and Sopore in May. Unknown gunmen fired upon Telecom Centre in North Kashmir’s Sopore town injuring three among which one civilian Rafiq Ahmed succumbed to his injuries. The killing disrupted telecommunication system in North Kashmir and it was restored after a gap of two months.

Seven militants, 6 civilians and 2 policemen were killed in the month of June. This month unidentified gunmen killed several civilians including former militants and Hurriyat (g) activists.

In June a pharmacist and an activist of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Sheikh Altaf of Iqbal Nagar Sopore was shot dead by unidentified gunmen. Separatists and the family blamed Indian secret agencies for the killing. Unidentified gunmen again shot dead a shopkeeper and Hurriyat (g) activist Khurshid Ahmed Bhat at Bomai Sopore. They also killed a former militant Mehrajuddin Dar at Badambagh Sopore while at Mundji Sopore killed another former militant Ajaz Ahmed Reshi.

In July, 19 persons including 8 militants, 4 civilians and 7 forces personnel were killed. In this month three cops, including Station House Officer Pattan Mir Saleem, and a cab driver were injured when suspected militants fired on a police ‘naka’ party in Mirgund area on Srinagar-Baramulla highway.

There was large scale violence in August that, according to CNS, claimed 32 lives including 14 militants and 11 civilians.

Seven forces personnel including 4 Army men were also killed in August. 23 people including 18 militants, 3 Army men and 2 civilians were killed in September in different militancy related incidents.

Three bullet ridden bodies were found in an orchard at Dangarpora Pattan in September sparking violent protests. They were identified as Amir Reshi of Sheva Sopore, Ashiq Hussain Wani of Lolipora Pattan and Naveed Ahmed of Batapora Sopore.

Besides in a shocking incident unidentified gunmen shot dead an ex-militant Bashir Ahmed Bhat at Sagipora Sopore. During the attack, his three year old son Burhan was also killed. The killing of the kid invited condemnation from all quarters.

There were 20 killings in October including 11 militants, 7 Army men, a policeman and a civilian. Hindu zealots set a Kashmiri truck on fire near Shivnagar Udhampur. Driver managed to escape, however, two received burn injuries among whom Zahid Ahmed from Botingu Islamabad succumbed to his injuries at Safdar Jung Hospital New Delhi.

In November, 13 people were killed including 7 militants, 5 Army men and a civilian while in December 13 people including 8 militants, 4 civilians and an Army man became prey to militancy related incidents.


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