Won’t Allow Militancy Revival In Jammu, Says Army

JAMMU — A top Army officer on Saturday said it would not allow revival of militancy in Jammu region including the mountainous Kishtwar district which witnessed killing of four persons including two senior leaders of BJP and RSS since November last year.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC), White Knight Corps, Lt Gen Paramjit Singh also said the leadership of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit was eliminated in Kashmir valley post India’s strike in Balakot on February 26 in response to the February 14 Pulwama attack in which 49 CRPF personnel were killed.

“The incidents which had happened in Kishtwar in the recent past are a matter of concern. The enemy always try to revive (militancy) in the areas where it was wiped out but we are ready for the challenge and I want to assure the people if the intention is to revive (militancy), we will not allow it to happen,” the officer said interacting with media persons in Rajouri district.

The communally sensitive Kishtwar district, which was declared militancy-free over a decade ago, was rattled by the killing of State Secretary of BJP Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet Parihar on November 1 last year, followed by assassination of senior RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma and his security guard inside a health centre on Tuesday.

“The army has not left this area because the enemy can attempt again to revive (militancy) but as long as we stand united, the Pakistan cannot succeed in its nefarious design,” he added.

On March 8, unidentified gunmen also snatched the service rifle of the personal security officer of district development commissioner, Kishtwar, from his rented accommodation in the town.

The officer said the intelligence agencies, police and army have worked out a strategy to deal with the arising situation.

“Some people were already rounded up (in connection with the latest killings) and the operation is going on there (Kishtwar) at the moment,” he said.


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