SUCCESS CHART Killing of Top Terrorists to Halt Terror Recruitment in Valley
5 militant commanders eliminated in past 3 months This year, as per police records, about 60 locals have joined militancy; it was 100 in 2016
Srinagar: The killing of at least top five militant commanders in south Kashmir in the past three months would deter locals from joining their ranks, claimed the police, even as forces were doing their best to make some areas militancy-free, just the way they existed a decade ago in 2006-07.
J&K police maintains ‘intelligence gathering and operational execution’ in south Kashmir has improved drastically, especially in south Kashmir, which are allowing them to catch ‘big militants’, who have otherwise given them the slip all these years.
“We were not able to get the top militant leaders, but things have changednow.Itisnoteasytorecruit people without leaders. Also, operations have to continue without any civiliancasualtiestogetthingsback on track,” DIG (south Kashmir) SP Panitold ET. Thisyear,accordingto police records, about 60 locals have joined the ranks of militants; the number was 100 in 2016.
Policemanagedtokillthetopcommanders of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen in south Kashmir in the past three months, which included Sabzar Bhat, Junaid Mattoo, Bashir Lashkari, Majid Mir and Abu Dujana, along with some other militants.
But last year, after killing Hizbul Muzahideen commander Burhan Wani, the government forces couldn’t conduct a single anti-militancy operation for at least five months due to massive civilian protests in the Valley. This year, though, they have already killed around 110 militants so far, the highest in the past five years.