Bengaluru, Sept 26: The casualty graph for the security personnel in India is not looking good. This year alone 65 security personnel have lost their lives. This includes the recent attack in Uri in which 18 soldiers were martyred by terrorists from Pakistan.
The number of deaths of security personnel has gone up from 39 in 2015 to 65 this year. The year 2014 witnessed 47 deaths of security personnel.
Most of these casualties have been due to fidayeen or suicide attacks. Between 2014 and 2016 there have been 23 fidayeen strikes. What has also made matters worse for the security forces is the rise in violence in Jammu and Kashmir which has been on the boil for over 70 days now.
Officials say that the problem in Kashmir has been extremely difficult to solve. There is an element of fatigue among the security forces who have been most of the time on civilian duty. As a result of this, the guard was a bit low at the army posts which may have resulted in the Uri strike.
Officials also say that there is a changed strategy by the ISI backed terrorist groups. They have strictly told their terrorists only to target security forces and avoid any civilian casualties.
If one sees all the attacks in the Valley or the North East have been on the security forces and this has resulted in the high casualty rate, officials also point out.