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J&K report indicts ‘agents of violence’

The report documents 333 cases of torture, sexual violence, extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances.

A new report on “institutionalised impunity and violence” in Jammu and Kashmir has named 972 alleged perpetrators of violence during counter-insurgency operations over the past 25 years. The report, “Structures of Violence: The Indian State in Jammu and Kashmir”, is based on information gathered through the Right to Information Act and witness testimonies.

The report documents 333 cases of torture, sexual violence, extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances.

The 972 “agents of violence” include 464 army and police personnel from Jammu and Kashmir (58), paramilitary persons (161) and government gunmen (189). In the list are a Major General, 7 Brigadiers, 31 Colonels, 4 Lt. Colonels, 115 Majors and 40 captains. Similarly, 54 senior officials of the paramilitary forces are named.

The report, to be released in Srinagar on Wednesday, comes a few days after six Army personnel were sentenced to life-term in the 2010 Machil encounter case.

The report puts together estimates of security forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir from the armed forces, Intelligence services, J&K police and paramilitary organisations. “The estimated strength of the forces in Jammu and Kashmir may be placed at 6,56,638. If the number of companies per army battalion are presumed at 10, the estimated strength of the total forces in J&K may be placed at 7,50,981.



The report, shared in advance with The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, outlines the pattern and scale of violence organised by the security forces in the State.



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