A total of 88 Kashmiri youths joined militancy in 2016, the highest in last six years, the Centre has said, adding that infiltration almost tripled last year as compared to 2015.

It, however, said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has "improved to a large extent" in the current year.

In written replies to two separate questions in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir shared data about Kashmiri youths taking up arms, infiltration attempts and law and order situation in the valley.

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"The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been affected by terrorism sponsored and supported from across the border. The levels of terrorist violence in the hinterland of Jammu and Kashmir are linked to infiltration from across the border," Ahir said.

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"Under the surrender policy notified by the state government, since 31 January, 2004 till date, 219 surrendered militants have been benefited under the scheme," Ahir said.

In response to a separate question, the MoS said the situation in Kashmir in the current year has improved to a large extent. "The participation of youths in violence has ceased and normal activities are going on smoothly," he said.

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The data on law and order incidents reported since killing of Burhan Wani on 8 July, 2016 shows that 820 such events were reported in July that year, which declined to 747 in August, 535 in September, 179 in October, 73 in November and 36 in December. The number of such events stood at five in January, 49 in February and 27 in March this year.

The minister added that miscreants were being dealt with strictly under the relevant laws and their mentors arrested and detained to prevent any untoward incidents.

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