Srinagar: J&K’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Tuesday termed the killing of Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Zahid Tiger in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on October 10, a big success for forces and stated that every militant trapped in cordon is given an opportunity to surrender.
Addressing a press conference in Pulwama after reviewing the security situation in the district, DGP said that every single militant is given an opportunity to surrender during encounters. “Recently, we managed to save the life of a newly recruited militant at Dadoora, Pulwama,” he said.
He said at Dadoora, there were three militants and all were asked to surrender. “Two of them fired on forces which was retaliated in which two militants were killed. The slain were Zahid (Tiger) and another one from Pakistan,” Singh said.
“The killing of Zahid is a big success for the security forces. In the gunfight, we managed to save the life of a newly recruited militant from Doda district of Jammu,” he added.
About foreign militants present in south Kashmir, he said that many Lashkar militants from Pakistan are active in South Kashmir.
“This year we managed to kill over 24 militants from Pakistan. All were associated with LeT. Their presence is threat to forces and civilians. Efforts are on to kill the remaining foreign militants,” he said.
On highway attacks, the DGP Singh said that for the movement of 0.1 percent militants on highway, security forces can’t block the road as there is 99.9 percent civilian movement.
“Frisking of a particular vehicle is conducted for the safety of public. At times, we establish contact with militants during frisking as seen in Nagrota this year where ammunition was also recovered,” the DGP said.
Replying to a query, DGP said that infiltration has been low this year as compared to previous years. “However, Pakistan continues to make attempts to drop ammunition through drones and efforts are on to foil their every bid,” he said—
He also asked forces to remain alert for ensuing by-election to Panchayat vacancies in Jammu and Kashmir
“Panchayat elections are taking place in near future and forces have to remain alert and vigilant as Pakistan and its sponsored agents do not want any democratic process to take place here,” he said.
He directed the officers to strengthen the nakas and augment the security grids to enhance the security, a police spokesperson said.
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