Lt. Gen. BS Raju, GOC Lieutenant General BS Raju who is heading the Army’s 15th Corps said about the encounter in Jammu and Kashmir that eight terrorists have been killed in Anvatipura from yesterday till today. He said that Operation All Out was started to wipe out the terrorists. Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh said that 120 terrorists have been killed in the encounter so far this year.
BS Raju said that I want to thank the people of Jammu and Kashmir that they want peace here. I want to assure them that in a few months they will find everything normal here.
Army officials said that two terrorists were killed in Pulwama encounter and four in Shopian encounter on Friday. A police official said that after receiving intelligence about the presence of the terrorists, security forces started a search operation on Thursday morning by siege in Mej in Pampore area of South Kashmir. He said that the operation turned into an encounter after the firing of terrorists on a team of security forces engaged in the search. The force also gave a befitting reply to their firing, in which a terrorist was killed on Thursday and two others entered a mosque.
The officer said that the force surrounded the mosque overnight, officials said that on Friday morning, security forces also fired tear gas shells to drive the terrorists out of the mosque. Later, the force killed the terrorists while maintaining the sanctity of the religious site.
The GoC said that there was a limited success in persuading the youth who get trapped in encounters, to surrender. “But we have been able to prevent the new recruitment and to identity those behind the militant recruitment in Kashmir. My appeal to the people across Kashmir is to come forward and help us preventing youth from treading the wrong path and to bring back those who have picked up arms,” he said, adding that “We assure them proper rehabilitation.”
Kashmir Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said no firing or IEDs were used to drive the terrorists out of the mosque. The IGP said, “Restrained and professional experiences are useful. No firing was done and no IED was used. Only tear gas bullets were used. The sanctity of the mosque was maintained.
Meanwhile, both militants hiding inside the mosque have been killed. “Meanwhile, defense spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that in the second encounter that started on Thursday in the Munand-Bandpawa area of Shopian district, security forces killed four more militants on Friday morning. Drop.
In one of the encounters, where militants had gone inside a mosque, the forces on ground exercised extreme restraint and no damage was caused to the religious place. With every operation we are moving on the path of peace. I can feel it on ground that there is a palpable difference in the situation.”
Flanked by Director General of Police (J&K) Dilbagh Singh, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar and IG CRPF Rajesh Kumar, the GoC Raju said that the successful operations are taking place with the active support of people. “In next few months, we will try to ensure that the normalcy is restored in full across the Valley so that people resumed all kinds of activities in a peaceful manner,” the army officer said.
He said that this year so far 102 militants have been killed in various operations. “There have been only one or two civilian casualties and that’s because of the extra-ordinary restraint exercised the forces on ground,” he said. “This year 49 youth had joined various militant ranks of which 27 were killed. It doesn’t give us a pleasure to kill young boys. But if anybody picks up arms we will do what we are doing.”
J&K DGP Singh said that the mission of police is to stabilize peace in J&K and they are continuously working towards that. “During this year, there were number of successful operations against militants and most of them haven clean with leas collateral damage. For that, I would like to compliment field officers who remain physically present during the operation,” the DGP said.
Second the GoC’s statement that killing a young boy doesn’t give pleasure to the security forces, the J&K police chief said that killing a local militant doesn’t bring pleasure to forces, nor to his family and the civil society. But a person with gun is a threat to everybody. There have been a large number of civilian killings and attacks on security forces, we cant ignore that. We have to take required action will continue to do that,” Singh said.
The DGP said that he was happy to see new recruitment into militancy going down drastically. “This is because of the joint efforts of parents, police, army civil society and officers on ground, who maintain a close contact with the families, who children tread a wrong path,” he said. “The number of youth, who were on the brink of joining militancy, and were brought back on time, is huge.”
About the two anti-militancy operations in the past 24 hours in south Kashmir districts, the DGP said that both the operations were clean and there was no collateral damage. “At Meej, Pampore local jamia masjid was used by militants, after they ran away from the target house. The field commanders exercised a lot of restraint and kept the area under cordon. The field commanders used slightly different tactics and ways to handle the operation and I am happy this morning the operation was over in a clean manner,”.
The DGP said that there was not even a minutest damage to the masjid. “I am glad to see local people hailing the security agencies for the clean operation and not causing any sort of damage to the mosque. Many videos are viral in this regard on social media,” he said. The DGP said that at Shopian district, five militants were killed and they belonged to Hizb and Lashkar.
“This year so far over a 100 militants were killed. 50 belonged to Hizb and 20 were each from Lashkar and Jaish. Remaining belonged to Ansaar Gazwatul Hind and Al-Badr etc,” he said,adding that in Jammu region almost half-a dozen militants were killed. “Doda district of Jammu is almost militancy free as there is only one militant active. In Kishtwar militancy is on a last leg as only three militants are active there.”
The DGP also appealed the gun-wielding youth willing to surrender to lay their weapons confidentially stating that they would get all the support to lead a new peaceful life. He said that in the coming days, security forces will give full chance to the militants who get trapped in encounters to surrender. “We will give them ample time to think and lay down weapons,” he said.
IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar while replying to a query that whether militancy stands wiped out from South Kashmir, said that there are still 12 more days left from the current month. “I had stated earlier that from next month, we will shift focus to north Kashmir. Let this month end first. In the remaining days, we will clean remaining militants from South and accordingly move to north,” he said.
Last week Lt. Gen. BS Raju, who is heading the Army’s 15th Corps, the people of Kashmir took the decision to abolish most of the provisions of Article 370 in a “positive” manner as peace came after a long time, but Pakistan is unhappy and is trying to disrupt peace in the Kashmir Valley.
On Monday (June 8) he told reporters in Avantipora, about 33 km from here, “after abolishing most of the provisions of Article 370 Including the situation, I believe people took the decision in a positive way. We saw peace after a long time. “
Lieutenant General BS Raju was accompanied by General Officer Commanding Major General A Sengupta of the Victorian Force of the South Kashmir Army and Inspector General of CRPF. Lt Gen BS Raju was talking to the media after nine militants were killed in two encounters in less than 24 hours in Shopian district. He said that by February this year the normalcy in the valley had almost returned. He said, “In January-February, people started going out and the schools opened, winter tourism started in Gulmarg. So we were seeing all the signs of normalcy before the Kovid-19 situation started and we only had to implement a lockdown to save lives. “