Police Hunting 4 Militants Active In Srinagar: IGP

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar | File Photo

Says Efforts On To Either Arrest Or Kill Them In An Encounter

Srinagar: Claiming that militancy in Jammu and Kashmir is on decline, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar said Wednesday that only four militants are active in this capital city and efforts were on to either arrest them or kill them in an encounter.

“Militancy is not increasing but is on decline. Police and security forces are fighting militancy,” Kumar said, while speaking to journalists at the sidelines of a function here on Wednesday.

“There are a total of four militants active in Srinagar,” he said.

The IGP Kashmir said that after declaring Srinagar militant free in August last year, the slain chief of The Resistance Front, Abbas Sheikh of Kulgam district, moved his base to the city and first activated Saqib Manzoor and then 7 other militants.

“Out of them, five have been killed while three are still there. We know all. Also, there are 10-15 OGWs. We are working it out. We will sooner arrest them or kill them in encounter. I think there’s nothing to worry,” he said.

He also said that there have been no hit and run cases recently.

“You may have noticed cowardice acts. Someone is going and he’s fired upon from behind. Whether it happened at Baghat or Khanyar. They (militants) should feel ashamed and not carry out attacks in such a manner,” he said.

Expressing concern over the rising drug abuse, IGP Kumar said that reports keep on coming about the involvement of youth, including girls in drug abuse. He said police will seek help from society and parents to end this menace.

“This is not good for society. We have made a blueprint. From next month, we will take strong action against drug abuse. We will go a heavy hand against drug abuse,” Kumar added.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is special correspondent with Kashmir Observer and tweets @AuqibJaveed

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