Srinagar, Feb 28: The top official of Jammu and Kashmir Police Monday said there has been a significant reduction in recruitment of “terrorist” ranks and their numbers have gone down as compared to past years.
While 28 “terrorists” including top commanders of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) have been killed in the past two months in this year, officials said.
“The claims of Police and security agencies are based on facts. Due to successful counter-terrorism operations, there has been a reduction in the number of 'terrorists' as their leadership and maximum terror structure has been damaged,” he said.
The top police official said they will continue to work to counter anti-“terrorist” activities in the valley and the fight against ‘terrorism’ will continue until peace prevails in the region, he said.
About the number of militants and OGWs active in Kashmir, he said “sharing the exact number is not important. The number of “terrorists” has reduced to less than half of what it used to be in the past,” he said.
“We are working for peace and progress in Kashmir. Police have also reviewed the prevailing security situation in the region along with top officials, army, BSF and CRPF," the official said.
In the first two months of this year, 28 militants including 8 foreigners have been killed in 13 encounters and out of the total killed militants, 13 were affiliated with Jaish- e-Mohammad outfit.
Revealing details, the police officer said in 167 youth had joined terror ranks in 2020 and 128 in 2021. The highest number of recruitment was taken in south Kashmir's Shopian district, where 33 youth joined militancy.
While the “terrorist” graph is decreasing each passing and we are working to curb it,” he said.
The officer said 238 terror incidents were reported in 2020 and 192 in 2021. While 57 security forces personnel were killed in 2020 and 29 in last year, he said.
“Human and technical inputs are helping security forces to track the movements of ‘terrorists and OWGs. In the first two months of this year more than 6 active terrorists and over 20 associates were arrested,” he said.
Cop injured in Batamaloo militant attack
Area cordoned off, cop stable: Officials
A policeman was critically injured after unknown gunmen shot him from a close range in Dhobi Mohalla Batamaloo area of Srinagar on Monday evening.
The injured policeman was identified as Firdous Ahmad Shiekh and was shot outside his house in Batamaloo area.
Medical Superintendent SMHS Hospital Dr Kanwal Jeet Singh said the cop has received one bullet in his neck and is being operated on at the hospital. He is stable and out of danger, he said.
A senior police officer told Rising Kashmir that a cop was shot from a close range in Batamaloo area. He was immediately rushed to hospital where he is being operated on.
Following the incident, senior police officers along with reinforcement reached the terror crime spot.
A police spokesman said that terrorists fired upon police inspector Sheikh Firdous of Batamaloo while he was returning from mosque after offering prayers.
He was shifted to hospital where his condition is stated to be stable. Area has been cordoned off. Further details shall follow, he said.
Meanwhile, Police have registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law.
“The investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the circumstances which lead to this terror crimes. The area has been cordoned off and searches in the area are going on,” police said.