134 killed since 2009, 6563 booked in 2010: JK Government

The J&K Government Wednesday told the Legislative Assembly that 134 persons have lost their lives in Kashmir during the past five years in action by police and paramilitary forces.
“Since 2009 till ending July this year, 114 civilians have lost their lives in Kashmir who were part of the violent mobs/protest, got injured during the engagements between protestors and deployment on the ground and (later) succumbed to their injuries,” the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who holds charge of the Home Department, said in his written response to a question by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s AR Veeri. 
“In addition, 20 persons lost their lives due to various law and order disturbances including stone-pelting, stampede, blasts, drowning etc.”
Kashmir witnessed three consecutive summers of unrest, starting 2008. The massive anti-India and pro-freedom protests which continued for almost three months that year were triggered by a government decision to transfer 800 kanals of forest land at Baltal in Sonamarg to the Amaranth Shrine Board. 
In 2009, Kashmir erupted against rape and murder of two women in South Kashmir’s Shopian district. Though the Government of India’s investigating agency—the Central Bureau of Investigation—concluded in its probe that the two women had drowned, the verdict was widely questioned in Kashmir. Massive protests engulfed Kashmir again in the summer of 2010 in which over 100 civilian killings took place. Following the 2010 unrest, the Government ordered a Commission of Inquiry limiting its role to probe 17 out of over 100 killings. However last month, Omar Abdullah widened the ambit of the CoI asking it to probe all the killings of 2010.
“Four magisterial inquiries were ordered from 2009 to 2014 of which three inquiries have been finalized while as one is in progress,” said the reply.        
Responding to a separate question, Omar, in his reply, said over 4700 youth in Kashmir were still facing charges for their involvement in “anti-state activities” during 2010 summer unrest.
“In 2010 FIRs were registered against 6563 persons in different police stations across Kashmir. The FIRs have been withdrawn against 1811 persons,” Omar’s reply said. 
The cases against the youth “found involved in stone pelting incidents” in Kashmir were withdrawn under the amnesty policy announced by the Chief Minister in 2011. 

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