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

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Ha­keemIr­fan.Rashid @times­group.com

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.

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