30 % of 180 active militants in Kashmir locals: DGP

SRINAGAR: Claiming that 180 militants are active in Jammu and Kashmir, the Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad Tuesday said local militants constitute 30 per cent of the total militants in the state.

Talking to media persons the DGP said: “Out of 180, there are 30 percent locals who are active and rest are foreigners.”

Claiming that the three militants killed during the Handwara encounter belong to the militant out-fit Laskhkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the DGP stated that Al-Nasreen was the ‘pseudonym’ of the Lashkar  in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr Prasad further mentioned that the role of the state police is to reduce the collateral damage and that it has in the past also tried its best to minimize the civilian causalities during the militancy related operations. “We have witnessed particularly from the last few years, the collateral damage is on decline during encounters due to the efforts of police.”

The DGP was talking to reporters after he visited the encounter spot in Handwara, where all three militants holed up inside a house were killed early this morning, after security forces blew up the building.

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