New Delhi: As many as 3,550 security force personnel and 2,309 civilians were injured following severe protests and stone pelting incidents in Jammu and Kashmir till July 25 this year, Rajya Sabha was told on Wednesday.
Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said there were 1,029 incidents of severe protests and stone pelting in Jammu and Kashmir so far this year in which 48 civilians and two security personnel were killed.
There were 730 incidents of severe protests and stone pelting in the entire 2015 in which five civilians were killed and 240 injured while 886 security forces personnel were also injured.
Ahir said, replying a written question, that various steps have been taken by the police authorities which include organising police-public meetings to avoid such incidents.
Security forces were also advised to strictly adhere to the SOP and resort to using non-lethal weapons while handling law and order situations.
Ahir said there were 152 incidents of terrorist violence in the state till July 17 this year in which 30 security force personnel lost their lives.
In the entire 2015, there were 208 incidents of terrorist violence in which 39 security force personnel were killed.
The Minister said there have been 90 attempts of infiltration by terrorists from Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir of which 54 were successful while 10 militants were killed and 26 militants fled.
Ahir said India is engaged with Pakistan to address the core concern of terrorism emanating from there and territories under Pakistan's control and challenges posed by such terrorist acts on the normalisation of India-Pakistan relations.