The Kashmir police chief on Saturday said there was a 87.13 per cent dip in stone-pelting clashes last year as compared to 2019.
Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said in 2019, there were 1,999 stone-pelting clashes, of which 1,193 took place after India announced abrogation of the special status of the disputed region that year in August.
“There have been 255 stone-pelting clashes in 2020 as compared to the incidents in 2019 and the year (2020), witnessed 87.31 per cent decline,” Singh said.
India on August 5, 2019, revoked Article 370, which gave special status to Kashmir, and divided it into union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
In 2018 and 2017, 1,458, and 1,412 incidents of stone-pelting were reported.
When compared to 2016, the dip in such incidents in 2020 was 90 per cent, according to officials.
In 2016, 2,653 stone-pelting cases were reported as the killing of Burhan Wani, a commander of the insurgent organisation Hizbul Mujahideen, had triggered protests across Kashmir.
In 2015, as many as 730 incidents of stone-pelting took place in Jammu and Kashmir.
After decline in militancy in the mid-2000s, stones became a popular choice of weapon during protests. This trend has been there since the 2008 Amarnath-land row agitation in Jammu and Kashmir.
The worst incidents of stone-pelting took place in 2010, 2016 and 2019.