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SHILLONG: On one hand where violent incidents and casualties involving civilians saw a downward trend in Northeast this year, killing of security personnel has seen a staggering three-fold increase. This was revealed in an analysis report made available by the Home Ministry.
418 violent insurgent actions have been recorded in Northeast till September 15 and they have been largely from insurgency-hit states like Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam and Tripura. This is a decrease of 157 cases from last year.
Manipur and Meghalaya are still placed at the top with 169 and 89 cases respectively.
The overall decline in insurgent activities becomes more eye catching when compared to statistics of 2013-14. It stands at an impressive 71 percent. The civilian casualty last year almost doubled to 212 from 107 in 2013 with Assam topping the list in both years.
The sadder truth revealed during this analysis is the death of security forces this year. In 2015 alone, there has been 401 casualties involving security personnel against 12 ;ast year. The Manipur ambush will remain as the unforgettable attack this year.
The decrease in the number of surrenders of militants from 170 in 2014 to 91 this year is also another point of concern. Most are apprehensive of surrendering owing to improper packages. Besides this, the number of arrest of extremists has shown a slight increase to 1,453 from 1,401.
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