95 locals have joined militant ranks since last year: IGP Gilani

Inspector General of Police Kashmir range Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gilani on Monday said that 200 militants were active in Kashmir.
95 locals have joined militant ranks since last year: IGP Gilani
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Inspector General of Police Kashmir range Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gilani on Monday said that 200 militants were active in Kashmir.

Addressing a presser in Srinagar, Gilani said that situation in north and central Kashmir was normal. "… and only in certain pockets of South Kashmir there were some challenges."

He said that 95 locals have joined the militant ranks since last year.

"200 militants are operating in Kashmir," said Gilani.

He also blamed "outside elements" for fomenting trouble in campuses in Kashmir.

In Handwara, he said, "some outside elements spent money and lured students, forcing them to resort to clashes."

Gilani promised action "as per law" on the police crackdown on Degree College Pulwama on April 15 that triggered widespread student protests across Kashmir.

"An inquiry is on (into the college incident) and action as per law will be taken," he said.

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