Spurt in Militancy: Night Patrolling Starts In Vulnerable Kashmir Areas

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Srinagar- Amid a spurt in militant attacks on government forces and non-locals, the government forces have started night patrolling in remote villages of the Kashmir Valley to prevent militant attacks on soft targets, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said Wednesday.

According to a police spokesperson, the IGP said that in view of soft target attacks by militants, the night patrolling has been enhanced and joint patrolling of police and security forces is being carried with security forces in vulnerable areas.

Responding to questions about militants resorting to soft target attacks on civilians including CRPF men in Maisuma in which one Head Constable was killed and another injured, Kumar said that 66 militants of JeM & LeT have been neutralized this winter season from December 21 to March 22.

Kumar said the heavy casualties have frustrated militants and that’s the reason they are now attacking the soft targets.

Regarding recent attacks in Pulwama, the IGP said poor labourers from outside who had come here to earn their livelihood were attacked.

“We have identified the involved terrorist and very soon he will be neutralized. Similarly, police has got some leads regarding targeting of a Kashmiri Pandit in a remote village of Shopian and the involved terrorist shall also be neutralized soon,” he said.

To a question if Pakistani militants are using local militants, the IGP Kashmir said, “You have seen that several foreign terrorists were killed. However the foreign terrorists use local terrorists as a shield, as recently in Shopian where one local terrorist was killed while a Pakistani terrorist escaped from the encounter site and put local terrorist at the forefront,”

Regarding the Tral encounter, he said both local militants were operating in Srinagar and after civilian and soft target killing, they shifted to Tral area and were tracked & neutralized.

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