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India saw 181 terror attacks in 2021, 113 from ‘jihadi terrorists’ shows NCRB data

Deaths in attacks by 'jihadi terrorist' have dropped since 2017 — 85 to 39 — when term was 1st introduced in NCRB data. 17 civilians & 22 security personnel died in these attacks last year. 

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New Delhi: A total of 181 terror attacks, took place in India in 2021, of which 113 were by “jihadi terrorist”, shows data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), released by the Central government Monday.

The total number of attacks by extremist, insurgents and terrorists was 550, claimed the data.

While the number of civilian deaths in terror attacks — by jihadists and others — was 35 in 2021, the number of deaths in attacks by “jihadi” terrorists has come down since 2017, when the term was first introduced in the NCRB report.

In 2017, 85 deaths occurred owing to attacks by “jihadi terrorist”, while that number was 39 in 2021— 17 civilians and 22 security personnel.

Meanwhile, 53 people were killed by left-wing extremists and three by “North-East insurgents”.

Further, 254 mobile sets, 12 radio sets and 80 literatures were recovered recovered from extremists, insurgents and terrorists, according to the data.

The report added that recoveries from extremists, insurgents and terrorists accounted for only for 195 kg of a total of 1,42,914 kg of explosives recovered in the country in 2021.

“As compared to 68,312 kgs of explosives recovered in 2020, a total of 1,42,914 Kgs explosives (RDX, TNT, Plastic Explosives, Gun Powder, Pyrotechnic/Fireworks etc.) have been seized during 2021. This comprises of seizures from extremists/insurgents/terrorists (195 Kgs) and seizures from other criminals including smugglers (1,42,719 Kgs),” the NCRB data said.


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Region-wise divide

A total of four cases were registered across states, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act (UAPA), for crimes by terrorists, while 134 were registered in Jammu and Kashmir alone — the only union territory (UT) where such cases were registered last year, according to the NCRB figures.

The UT was also the only one in 2021, across all states and UTs in India, which registered cases of murder and attempt to murder under “crimes by terrorists”. While 30 accused were charged with murder, 46 were charged with attempt to murder.

When it came to “crimes by North-East insurgents”, of a total of 151 cases registered in 2021, 136 were reported from Manipur, while eight took place in Assam.

Fifteen cases of cyber terrorism were registered in India in 2021 under the Information Technology (IT) Act, according to NCRB data, of which three each were reported from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand.

No cases of cyber terrorism were reported from any of the northeastern states, except Meghalaya, or from Jammu and Kashmir.

(Edited by Poulomi Banerjee)


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