Meanwhile, the Indian Army has also seen a rise in casualties of its men in operations against militants and ceasefire violations on the LoC.
It’s almost a year since the Army’s Special Forces carried out “surgical strikes” inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and during this period there has been an increase in casualties suffered by the Amry. Also, there is a rise in the number of militants killed and a sharp rise in ceasefire violation, reported Indian Express. As per the government data, Army has killed 110 militants from January to September last year. Interestingly, the surgical strike took place on September 29, 2016. Moreover, following the surgical strikes, 178 militants have been killed at both the Kashmir Valley and on the LoC- 31 between October and December last year, and the rest this year.
A government official told IE,”The increase in the number of militants killed is due to the ascendancy of the security forces and their high morale. There is greater acceptance of the Army across the country after the surgical strikes, and a message has gone out to the Valley that things can happen.”
Meanwhile, the Indian Army has also seen a rise in casualties of its men in operations against militants and ceasefire violations on the LoC. Between January and September last year, 38 Army personnel were killed comprising of 19 who died in the Uri attack, reported IE. Since the surgical strikes, the Army toll has gone up to 69 — 25 between October and December last year, and the rest this year.
A government official on the rise of the numbers said,“The higher number of casualties is directly linked to two factors: more engagement with the militants, and increasing number of ceasefire violations,” reported IE.
Meanwhile, the data also shows that there have been 228 ceasefire violations along the LoC last year, which rose to 444 by September 14. According to government sources, over 60 per cent of the 228 ceasefire violations last year took place after the surgical strikes, added IE the report.