Militancy records decline in J&K: DGP

Claiming decline in militancy-related incidents, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh Thursday said the forces had carried out successful anti-militancy operations in which 225 militants in J&K including 18 in Jammu division were killed.

“Among 225 militants, the forces have killed foreign and top-commanders of almost all the militant outfits active in J&K,” the DGP said.

He said even as Police and other forces were busy dealing with COVID10 measures, they were successful in apprehending 299 militants and their associates.

“As many as 12 militants surrendered during the gunfights,” Singh said.

He said that they had booked 635 Over Ground Workers (OGWs), 56 among them under the Public Safety Act (PSA). During anti-militancy operations in 2020, the DGP said that they seized 426 weapons and over 9000 ammunition magazines, and a huge cache of explosive material.

In these counter-militancy operations, he said that a total of 16 police personnel and other forces personnel including 15 in Kashmir division and 1 in Jammu division had lost their lives fighting militants.

“However, the local youth joining militant groups is constantly decreasing,” he said. “Around 250 Pakistani militants are waiting at different launch pads looking for opportune moments to sneak-in from Jammu region and similar number of militants is trying to sneak in from Kashmir region.”

He said the forces were fully prepared to deal with any kind of situation and hailed them for peaceful District Development Council and by-elections of Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies elections in J&K.

Regarding the law and order situation, he said, 255 stone pelting incidents had occurred and in comparison to 2009, the incidents in 2020 had witnessed a decline by 87.31 percent.

The J&K Police Chief said that drug menace had emerged as another threat to J&K after militancy. “A total of 1132 cases were registered and 1672 drug peddlers arrested while 35 drug peddlers were booked under the Public Safety Act,” he said.

Referring to the COVID19 situation and its effect on policemen, Singh said 3276 police personnel tested positive for COVID19 and 15 others lost their lives while fighting the deadly virus.