Over 225 ter­ror­ists killed in J&K NORTH­ERN ARMY Com­man­der said all the ini­tia­tives by the gov­ern­ment and se­cu­rity forces in J&K are pay­ing rich div­i­dends and there is re­duc­tion in the num­ber of lo­cal youths join­ing mil­i­tancy

Deccan Chronicle - - Nation -

Kapurthala (Pun­jab), Dec. 8: More than 225 ter­ror­ists have been killed in Jammu and Kash­mir so far this year, North­ern Army Com­man­der Lt Gen Ran­bir Singh said on Satur­day.

He said ini­tia­tives taken by the gov­ern­ment and se­cu­rity forces had re­sulted in a drop in the num­ber of lo­cal youths be­ing rad­i­calised and tak­ing to mil­i­tancy over the last few months.

“We have been able to neu­tralise a large num­ber of ter­ror­ists. As on date, we have been neu­tralised more than 225 ter­ror­ists. How­ever, cou­ple of days of this year are still balanced (left),” Singh told re­porters here on the side­lines of his visit to Sainik School, his alma mater.

He said lo­cals were shar­ing in­for­ma­tion about ter­ror­ists’ move­ments with the Army, which is a pos­i­tive sign.

“That is a very pos­i­tive sign, which shows a de­cline of mil­i­tancy. It shows frus­tra­tion on the part of Pak­istan to push more and more ter­ror­ists into J&K. But our re­solve is clear that as long as ter­ror­ists are mov­ing around they shall not be

pro­vided space to carry out ac­tiv­i­ties at their will. They will be acted against and neu­tralised,” he said.

“We will en­sure that peace and sta­bil­ity are main­tained in J&K,” he added. Singh said the Army would not al­low rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion of lo­cal youth in the state.

“All the ini­tia­tives by the gov­ern­ment and se­cu­rity forces in J&K are pay­ing rich div­i­dends. There is re­duc­tion in the num­ber of lo­cal youths join­ing mil­i­tancy, which was tak­ing place in last cou­ple of months. There is a rel­a­tive de­cline. There is also a de­cline in rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion,” he said.

“That is the rea­son that sit­u­a­tion is sta­ble in J&K. But (if) any un­to­ward thing hap­pens, the Army acts swiftly,” he said.

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