200-300 Terrorists Active In J&K, Pak trying to push more: DGP

Straight Line News Network

Jammu, Oct 7: Director General Police Dilbag Singh on Sunday said 200 to 300 terrorists are active in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan has intensified cross-border firing to push in even more before the onset of winter.

He also said despite the counter-infiltration grid scuttled various attempts by eliminating infiltrators, a large number of terrorists had managed to sneak into the state from across the border recently.

“The number of active terrorists is between 200 to 300… the figure usually does not remain static and goes up and down,” Mr Singh told reporters during a visit to the border district of Poonch to review the security situation.

He also said Pakistan has intensified ceasefire violations to push in as many terrorists as possible.

“A large number of ceasefire violations are taking place in both Kashmir and Jammu regions. It is going on in Kanachak, R S Pura and Hira Nagar (along the International Border) and quite frequently along the LoC in Poonch, Rajouri, Uri, Nambla, Karnah and Keran,” Mr Singh said.

“These ceasefire violations are aimed at pushing (in) as many militants as possible (before the onset of winter). Our anti-infiltration grid is very strong and many infiltration attempts have been successfully foiled in the recent times,” he said.

“After their crossing onto this side, we had some encounters and some terrorists were also eliminated. While two Pakistani terrorists were arrested in Gulmarg sector, two terrorists were killed in a four-day-long operation in Ganderbal on September 29,” he said. Mr Singh said some of these terrorists have been sighted at certain places and “we have intensified our operations against them”.

Speaking about the situation in the state post removal of its special status under Article 370 two months ago, Mr Singh said it is peaceful in Jammu, Leh and Kargil and things are improving in Kashmir.

“We are hopeful that the situation will improve further there (Kashmir) in the coming days,” he said.

The DGP visited Kulali, Marah, Hill Kaka and Mandi areas in Poonch. Senior Army and police officers briefed him about the prevailing security situation in these areas.