49 Indian troopers killed fighting militants in last 3 years across Indian-controlled Kashmir
SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Indian Tuesday said 49 Indian army troopers were killed fighting militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
The information was given by India's Defense Minister Arun Jaitley in response to a question raised by Rajya Sabha, a lawmaker in the upper house of Indian parliament.
"Forty-nine Indian army personnel were killed in counter- insurgency and counter-infiltration operations in Jammu and Kashmir (India-controlled Kashmir) in the last three years," Jaitely told the parliament in a written reply.
"The troops have evolved a counter-infiltration strategy which is executed in synergy with the state (local) government."
Indian-controlled Kashmir is considered the highest militarized region. India does not officially reveal the actual number of its troops deployed in the troubled region.
However, rights activists say there are over 700,000 Indian troops and paramilitary troops in the region fighting an anti- India insurgency.
A guerrilla war is also going on between militants and Indian troops stationed in the restive region since 1989.