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Nearly 34 lakh domicile certificates issued in J&K till last month: MHA

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’58 civilians killed since abrogation of Article 370′

New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Tuesday said the J&K government has issued nearly 34 lakh domicile certificates till January 25, 2021, even as it added that 58 civilians were killed in “terror attacks” since August 2019, and there was “no pattern of selective targeting based on religion.”

The Ministry was replying to a question whether “Hindus have been attacked in Kashmir after getting original residence certificate and for purchasing land and promoting their business.”

 

The question was asked by BJP MPs Pushpendra Singh Chandel and Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah.

In a written reply, the MoS MHA, G Kishan Reddy said: “The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has reported that upto 25th January, 2021, a total of 33,80,234 Domicile certificates have been issued in Jammu and Kashmir.”

“It has been further reported that since the constitutional changes were made in August, 2019, 58 civilians have lost their lives in 54 terror attacks for various purposes. No pattern of selective targeting based on religion can be established,” the reply added.

The MHA also stated the measures it has put in place to “protect the life and property of the people, particularly those belonging to the vulnerable sections.”

“This includes overall, as well as specific security arrangements, through appropriate deployment based on intelligence inputs, identification and arrest of supporters of terrorism, proactive operations to seek and arrest/ neutralization of terrorists, intensified night patrolling and checking at Nakas, etc. Coordination meetings are held regularly and high level of alertness is maintained by the security forces,” the reply from the Minister read.