India has lost over 5,300 security force men in its fight against the Pakistan-sponsored proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir in the last 22 years.
The fatalities are higher than in any full-scale war fought by India against any country post-Independence.
Data released by the J&K government has revealed that 5,396 security forces and police personnel were killed while 12,947 others were injured in the war against terror. At least 21,449 militants were killed while 21,655 were arrested in this period.
According to official data, 13,246 civilians were killed in the terrorist violence, while 22,088 civilians were injured during the two decades. Besides, 3,655 civilians were killed while maintaining law and order. The government has, however, not said anything about the civilian killings by security forces.
“The security forces have made tremendous sacrifices to preserve peace and protect the lives of innocent civilians. Sustained operations against the militants were undertaken by the forces to ensure security and tranquility of the state is not disturbed,” wrote the under secretary of the J&K home department in a letter to the State Human Rights Commission.
Security experts said it should be no surprise that casualties on security forces are large but that is part of the game. “The graph of militancy and its acceptability had drastically gone down. That means the sacrifices have not gone waste. Pakistan has nothing to celebrate,” said MM Khajuria, former DGP.