Militancy Claimed 2400 Lives in Assam Since 2001, 14,000 Police Posts Vacant

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Guwahati, August 4 : Militancy claimed more than 2400 lives including security personnel in Assam since 2001, the Assam state assembly said on Monday.

Replying to a query during the question hour in the Assam Legislative Assembly, state Forest and Environment Minister Rockybul Hussain said that since 2001 to March, 2014, a total of 2,094 civilians were killed during insurgency-related incidents in the state.

On behalf of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who also holds the Home department portfolio, Rockybul Hussain said that, during the period, a total of 306 security personnel were killed.

“During the period 4,767 civilians and 752 security personnel injured in the insurgency related incidents in the state,” Hussain said.

“The overall situation in the state has improved since 2001, but some incidents happened in some areas, not in the entire state,” Hussain said.

It was also revealed that nearly 20% of Assam police posts are lying vacant at present.

Replying to a query by Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) MLA Keshab Mahanta during the question hour in the state assembly begun on Monday, the state Forest minister said that, 14,356 posts were vacant out of 75,559 sanctioned posts in the Assam police department.

Rockybul Hussain also said that, a total of 1,22,544 different types of crimes including incidents against women, kidnapping, murder had taken place in the state since 2001.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.