ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Punjab Crisis and the Political Process

Process Sucha Singh Gill VIOLENCE in Punjab is continuing uncontrolled. An unofficial estimate shows that by the beginning of 1991 30,000 people were killed. Since violence has increased in scale during 1991 the figure may have crossed 35,000 by the end of 1991. This includes persons killed by militants, militants killed by the state and innocent persons killed by militants and by security forces. The estimates include persons killed in Punjab as well as those killed at other places in November 1984, According to official figures since 1981 till November 1991 the total number of people gunned down by militants was 9,999. These figures do not include the number of police and security men killed, which adds up to 5,009. This figure of more than 14,000 killed does not include persons killed during Operation Blue Star, those killed in the November 1984 violence after assassination of Indira Gandhi, militants killed and militant killings outside Punjab.

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