New Delhi: ‘Jihadi terrorists’ were responsible for the deaths of 36 civilians and 49 security personnel between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has stated in its Crime in India-2017 report though it remains silent on who it has classified as such terrorists.
The ‘jihadi terrorists’ have been added under a new section in the report, titled “crime committed by anti-national elements”, which purportedly details instances of violence by ‘north-east insurgents’, ‘naxalites’, ‘anti-national elements’ and ‘other terrorists, apart from the ‘jihadis’. The report also does not define who ‘other terrorists’ and ‘anti-national elements’ are.
Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) late Tuesday told ThePrint that jihadi terrorists are those who indulge in terrorist activities in the name of jihad. They also said that both ‘other terrorists’ and ‘jihadi terrorists’ were the same.
The jihadi, naxal terror
The NCRB report further states that the ‘jihadi terrorists’ injured 66 civilians and 80 police personnel. The government has claimed that security personnel killed 96 ‘jihadi terrorists’ in 2017 and arrested 11 of them.
Another set of data in the report blames 308 incidents of violence on Naxals or Left-wing extremists on police stations and security camps. They reportedly caused the death of 76 civilians and and 62 security personnel, which includes state and central forces.
The Naxals allegedly committed 652 crimes in 2017 that includes 230 cases of attempt to murder, 32 of dacoity and robbery, among others. Chattisgarh was the worst-affected with 452 of these cases.
The data adds that 147 Naxals or Left-wing extremists were killed, 961 arrested and 300 had surrendered.
Manipur worst affected by ‘north-east insurgents’
The NCRB data also notes that Manipur is the worst-affected by ‘north-east insurgents’ who accounted for 317 criminal cases in the state. The state was followed by Assam (26) and Nagaland (26).
In all, 421 crimes were allegedly committed by ‘north-east insurgents’, of which 298 comprised of cases under The Unlawful Activities Act 1967.
Manipur also topped the list on crimes committed by ‘other terrorists’, with a total of 377 cases, followed by Jammu and Kashmir at 169. This includes cases of murder, attempt to murder, extortion, rape, robbery and dacoity, kidnapping and abduction among others.
Police and civilian casualties by ‘anti-national elements’
According to the NCRB data, a total of 96 state police officers were killed and 148 injured by these ‘anti-national elements’.
Jammu and Kashmir tops the list for the most number of police personnel killed on duty by terrorists, extremists and jihadis with 71 deaths.
The box that contains the data on state police officers affected by ‘anti-national elements’ also details the number of police personnel killed on duty. According to the graphic, riotous mobs killed 218 police personnel while 13 died by accidentally turning their weapons on themselves.
The most number of civilians killed due to ‘anti-national elements’ during police operations were also in Jammu and Kashmir (57), followed by Chhattisgarh (40).