88 Militants Killed In J&K This Year: DGP

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Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh. (File Photo: Abid Bhat / KO)

Jammu- Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Monday said 88 militants, including a number of top commanders, were killed and 280 others arrested so far in J&K this year.

Twenty-two of the militants, including six top commanders, were killed in the past two weeks, Singh said.

“Our strategy to counter-Pakistan is two-pronged, which is to stop infiltration along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) and tackle those who are active in the hinterland, besides stopping local youth from joining terror ranks. Thankfully, we are successful to a large extent in this endeavour,” he told reporters here.

Referring to the killing of nine Hizbul Mujahideen militants in two back-to-back successful operations in the past 24 hours in Shopian district of South Kashmir, the police chief said the effort of the state forces is to control and wipe out militancy from Jammu and Kashmir.

Of these 22 militants, 18 were killed in South Kashmir districts of Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian alone, while three infiltrators were killed along the LoC in Nowshera sector and one more in Kalakote sector of Rajouri district of Jammu region, the DGP said.

Complimenting police and other security agencies for the successful anti-militancy operations, he said so far 88 militants were killed in 36 anti-militancy operations, while 40 militant associates who were either openly working for militants or were part of their support system were arrested.

In addition, he said 240 over ground workers (OGW) of militants were also arrested and some of them were booked under the Public Safety Act.

The police chief said all the state forces operating in Jammu and Kashmir are working on “mission peace” to provide better atmosphere to people.

“We are working overtime for the establishment of peace,” he said and lauded the forces for scuttling an attempt by militants to carry out a Pulwama-type car bomb attack on the forces last month.

“The IED was fabricated by (JeM militant) Fouji Bhai, who was also known among the militant ranks at Idris and Abdul Rehman, and was killed in one of the recent encounters. They attempted to strike with the car bomb on the highway twice but were unsuccessful both the times due to our alertness,” Singh said.

He said the Chenab Valley districts of Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar in Jammu region have almost been cleared of militancy once again.

“The Chenab Valley has reached a stage where it will be declared terrorism free-shortly. No militant presence is in Ramban, one militant namely Masood from Doda is active in Kashmir, while three militants — Riyaz, Jehangir Saroori, Mudasir — are active in Kishtwar and are on the run. We are hopeful of clearing the area of militancy,” the DGP said.

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