693 political leaders killed by militants in J&K



Jammu: Over 650 political leaders and activists have been killed by militants in Jammu and Kashmir in the past 20 years, though there has been a decrease in such attacks in the recent times.

"Due to betterment in the security situation, there has been decrease in attacks on political leaders and activists in 2009-10 and its previous year," a senior police official said.

Four political leaders of the ruling National Conference (NC) were killed in 2009, the statistics of the state Home Ministry said.

Five political activists were killed in 2008 of which one each belonged to NC, Congress and Awami National Conference (ANC), besides two were from the Peoples Democratic party (PDP).

A total number of 693 political leaders and activists were killed during the past 20 years, it said, adding highest number (416) of such leaders and activists was from ruling NC followed by 96 of PDP, 86 of Congress, 16 of CPI(M), 15 each of BJP and Awami League, besides 9 from separatists, it said.

Highest number of 101 political leaders were killed in 2002 followed by 76 in 2001, 62 in 2004, 61 in 1996 and 58 each in 1997-98, it said.

PTI