Four mil­i­tants killed, sev­eral oth­ers ar­rested in JK’S Ra­jouri in 2018: Cops

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JAMMU: With killings of four heav­ily armed mil­i­tants and ar­rests of sev­eral oth­ers last year, an alert po­lice force and se­cu­rity agen­cies man­aged to keep in check the spread of ter­ror­ists’ base in the bor­der dis­trict of Ra­jouri, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said on Sun­day.

The ar­rested per­sons in­cluded four over-ground work­ers (OGWS), who were in close con­tact with Al-badr com­man­der Zeenat-ul-is­lam, killed Satur­day in a gun­fight in Kul­gam dis­trict of south Kash­mir along with his four ac­com­plices, said Ra­jouri’s Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice You­gal Man­has.

Man­has said the po­lice man­aged to foil a num­ber of mil­i­tancy-re­lated in­ci­dents in close co­or­di­na­tion with the Army and other se­cu­rity agen­cies last year and took stern ac­tion against peo­ple in­volved in un­law­ful ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing drug ped­dling and bovine smug­gling. On counter-in­sur­gency front, se­cu­rity forces last year killed four mil­i­tants, who had in­fil­trated from Line of Con­trol (LOC), he said.

The mil­i­tants were killed on the in­ter­ven­ing night of March 27 and 28, within days af­ter they in­fil­trated from Line of Con­trol (LOC), he said.

The four in­fil­tra­tors were tracked down af­ter a three-day op­er­a­tion and neu­tralised near Sun­der­bani town.

In an­other sig­nif­i­cant an­timil­i­tant op­er­a­tion, the po­lice and 38 Rashtriya Ri­fles jawans nabbed two ul­tras in June 2018, he said, adding the ul­tras had es­caped from the val­ley af­ter snatch­ing a po­lice­man’s weapon. They were over­pow­ered and nabbed even as they tried to open fire at se­cu­rity forces at Thana­mandi main chowk, the SSP said.

He said be­sides these, the po­lice and 48 Rashtriya Ri­fles, in a joint op­er­a­tion, ar­rested last year four OGWS run­ning a hawala racket in Ra­jouri and re­cov­ered a huge amount of hawala money from them, he added.

These OGWS were in close con­tact with Al-badr com­man­der Zeenat Ul Is­lam and en­gaged in gar­ner­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port for the mil­i­tant out­fit in Ra­jouri but were ar­rested by forces,” he said.

The po­lice also de­tained 11 anti-so­cial el­e­ments un­der Pub­lic Safety Act, the SSP said, adding they were en­gaged in bovine smug­gling and drug ped­dling be­sides op­er­at­ing as OGWS for var­i­ous mil­i­tant out­fits. In its drive against drug ped­dling, 32 FIRS were reg­is­tered and 52 per­sons were ar­rested across the dis­trict fol­low­ing re­cov­ery of huge amounts of nar­cotics from them, Man­has said.

Be­sides these, 109 oth­ers, in­volved in dif­fer­ent kinds of un­law­ful ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing drugs ped­dling and thefts, were taken into pre­ven­tive cus­tody on ex­ec­u­tive mag­is­trate’s or­ders, the SSP said.

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