Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir, the hotbed of terrorists during the past two decades  has once again started shining on the tourists’ map largely due to the herculean efforts made by Security Forces to restrict militancy in the valley.  Since 1988, tourists had maintained distance from the state popularly known as ‘Paradise on Earth.’

Official records indicate that Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed at least 48 percent decline in militancy-related incidents in 2011 due to vigilant intelligence and security apparatus in the state.

The steep decline in the violence is attributed to effective intelligence and vigilant security situation in the state.

With their effective intelligence network, the security forces were able to eliminate top militant commanders and managed to stop infiltration to a great extent.

According to police figures, 158 people were killed in militancy related incidents by November this year of whom 99 were militants, while 323 people were killed in the same month in 2010. Last year 66 security personnel lost their lives fighting militancy, while 31 troops were killed in 2011.

The state witnessed 336 militancy related incidents in 2010, while only 179 cases of violence were reported, including 27 in Jammu, in 2011.

State DGP Kuldeep Khoda said,  “The security forces are trying to engage the people, especially the youths, to get involved in the fight against militancy.”

The DGP also added that the police department has also implemented several social welfare schemes to win the trust and support of the people of the state.

At least three districts of the state did not report any violence, while at the same time 13 districts have seen fall in the violence.

The Valley also witnessed 50 percent decline in infiltration bid from across the border during the current year. Around 6,242 grenade and 5,719 IED attacks had been reported in the state during the past two decades.