Stone Pelting Cases Decline in Kashmir Due to NIA Role: Rajnath


Lucknow—Incidents of stone-pelting have reduced in Jammu and Kashmir due to the role of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Sunday.


He said the incidents of naxalism, terrorism and extremism have also seen a downward trend in the last three years.


“You have seen role of the NIA in Jammu and Kashmir, where incidents of stone pelting have come down. We have taken pledge for India’s security and strict action is being taken for this. We will accept challenges and in the past three years incident of naxalism, terrorism and extremism have seen a downward trend,” he said.


Singh was speaking after inaugurating the office and residential complex of the NIA here.


“We will win over naxalism, terrorism and extremism. In the past three years, extremism has come down by 75 per cent in the northeast and naxalism has come down by 35-40 per cent,” Singh said.


Emphasising on “finishing terror funding sources”, he said, “If we plug sources of fake currency and terror funding, it will be a big blow to terrorism. NIA is doing a great job here. Its name sends fear down the spine of those indulging in terror funding.”


Forces dominating militants in Kashmir: Jaitley

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Sunday said security forces with their resolute action had established dominance over militants in Jammu and Kashmir and the Centre was firm that armed militancy must end in the border state.


He said the Kashmir issue had become complicated because of cross-border support to militants and also because local groups.


“The Kashmir issue had become complicated because of cross-border support (to terrorism) and (also) our own groups supporting the armed militants.


“Mass civil protests were seen in the form of stone- pelting and sometimes this was used to help terrorists escape,” he said.


Jaitley was speaking at a function organised by Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar. He spoke on the topic ‘New India Pledge’. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was also present on the occasion.


The defence minister slammed the erstwhile Congress- led UPA government, saying it had no firm policy to solve the decades-old Kashmir issue.


“The earlier government did not solve the Kashmir issue then what right do they have to question us? There was a leadership which was not taking action and only finding excuses to delay taking any decision,” he alleged.


However, the Modi government was firm in its conviction that armed militancy in the state bordering Pakistan must end, Jaitley said.


“Today, a time has come where all forces–local police, central forces and the Army–are dominating terrorists. There is a clarity in our decision and stand that the armed military has to be ended,” he said.


“We must understand that we have a prime minister who faces challenges which no other PM had faced in the past,” Jaitley said.

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