Observer News Service
Srinagar, Nov 08: Describing Sopore as a sanctuary for militancy, the inspector general (IG) for the CRPF, SS Sandhu, on Thursday said that the northern township still harboured 40 active militants.
Talking to the media on the sidelines of a CRPF medical camp for residents of a Sopore locality, Sandhu said that about 30 to 40 militants were still active in the town, but asserted that the forces were fully capable of meeting the challenge.
There are about 400 to 500 hundred militants in the valley, and infiltration is still on, he said.
Linking firing by Pak troops in the Churanda area of Uri to infiltration attempts, the CRPF officer said that more militants could be pushed into this side across the LoC due to continuing dry weather.
Commenting on UJC chief Syed Salahuddins recent statement about panchayat members, Sandhu said that the forces were geared to tackle any eventuality.
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