Kashmir: 32 civilians among 229 killings in six months

The first six months of 2020 witnessed at least 229 killings in different incidents of violence claims the bi-annual report published by Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) and Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP). From January 1 to June 30, at least 107 Cordon and Search Operations (CASOs) and Cordon and Destroy Operations (CADO’s) were conducted in J&K which resulted in the killing of 143 militants.

In the same period in 2019 i.e. January to June 2019, at least 271 killings were witnessed in J&K, which include 43 civilians, 120 militants and 108 Indian armed forces personnel

The first six months of 2020 witnessed the extrajudicial executions of at least 32 civilians in J&K, besides killings of 143 militants and 54 armed forces personnel. Children and women continued to be victims of violence in J&K as 3 children and 2 women were killed in the first half of 2020.

At least 57 encounters took place between Indian armed forces and the militants following CASOs in the first six months of 2020. During CASOs and encounters, vandalism and destruction of civilian properties were reported.

Month Armed Forces Militants Civilians Monthly total
January917228
February37313
March37717
April1735961
May1515535
June762675
Total5414332226

From January 1 to June 30, at least 48 cases of destruction of civilian properties were reported in Jammu and Kashmir. The destruction of civilian properties during encounters saw an increase during the COVID-19 lockdown enforced by the government, rendering many families homeless and without shelter.

The report details the incidents and points out other violations of Indian administration in Kashimr. In the first six months of 2020, media continued to be at the receiving end of the pressure, intimidation and harassment by the authorities, with several incidents of beating and
thrashing of journalists. Besides physical assaults, few Kashmir based journalists were also
booked under stringent charges and cases were filed against them.

Among 54 armed forces killed in J&K, 4 were killed in fratricidal incidents, 9 committed
suicide.