Militancy incidents decreases, crime increases in Kashmir

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Srinagar, May 4 (UNI) Incidents of militant violence have shown a decline while the crime rate was up as at an average, one person was being murdered or injured daily in the Kashmir valley.

Social crimes in the society has also shown an increase.

However, the Jammu and Kashmir police have again started patrolling and solving cases of blind murders, robberies and other crimes.

Going by the official records, there was no civilian killing by militants in the Kashmir valley during the past one week. However, some people were injured in a grenade attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bunker at Sopore.

The records, however, said half a dozen militants, most of them top commanders, and a soldier were killed during different encounters in the valley during the period.

In the past at an average, five to ten people were being killed by militants daily and an equal number of people were getting disappeared in the valley.

The situation on this front has registered an improvement with no killing of a civilian or kidnapping by militants during the past one week.

Meanwhile, official sources said seven people have lost their lives during the past one week in the valley in different crimes.

However, police have solved number of cases of blind murder, robbery and other crimes which were being connected with militancy related incidents in the past in the valley.

The police, yesterday solved a blind murder case within 72-hours and arrested two persons who murdered a youth and later dumped his body in a drain. All the three--two accused and victim--consumed liquor in a house together before the incident.

The incidents of smuggling of charas, brown sugar and banned drugs has increased though about one hundred smugglers were arrested by the police in the valley during recent past.

The incidents of committing suicide have also increased in the valley where a fatwa has been already issued by the muslim ulmas against taking such extreme step.

At an average, one person is committing suicide or attempting to end her or his life daily.

The muslim ulmas has expressed concern over the increase in social crimes in the valley and blamed the authorities for it.

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