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New Delhi : There has been no civilian death in Law & Order incidents in J&K after abrogation of Article 370. However, due to terrorist violence supported from across the border, terrorists deliberately target civilians to put pressure on security forces. Despite the attempts of terrorists, the number of civilian deaths in terrorist violence and cross firing has decreased post-abrogation of Article 370.

The details of such civilian deaths in J&K in the year 2019, 2020 and 2021 are as under.

Civilian deaths in 2019 2020 2021 (upto 15th March)
Cross firing 18 22 0 (upto 28.02.2021)
Terrorist violence 39 37 2

The Next of Kin (NoK) of the civilians killed in the militancy related incidents, including incidents of cross firing between armed forces and terrorists, are paid an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh. Further, the family members of the deceased civilian have an option either to choose for appointment in government service or Rs. 4 lakh as cash compensation in lieu of the government service, according to a PIB release.

In respect of the persons who sustain injuries in such incidents, an ex-gratia as per the following scale is provided:

1. Rs. 0.75 lakh for permanent Disability

2. Rs. 0.05 Lakh for serious injury (Hospitalisation more than 24 hours)

3. Rs.0.01 lakh for injury (Hospitalisation less than 24 hours)

4. Rs 500 for minor injuries

In addition, under the MHA Scheme titled “Central Scheme for Assistance to Civilian Victims/Family of Victims of Terrorist/ Communal/LWE Violence and Cross Border Firing and Mine/IED Blast on Indian Territory”, a financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh is given to the family members in the event of death or permanent incapacitation of the victim as a result of terrorist, communal or LWE violence, cross border firing and mine/IED blasts on Indian Territory.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy inwritten reply  to question in the Rajya Sabha on March 24, 2021.