Lt. Gen. Dwivedi said militants operating in J&K were facing a shortage of weapons and the neighboring country was sending consignments of pistols, grenades, and drugs. “Small weapons are being used to target non-J&K residents who come here to earn their living. Locals, security forces, and police have strongly condemned such acts. Those involved in killing innocents will face action,” the Army officer said.
In Kashmir, J&K Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh also suggested that the number of active local militants had reduced to two digits. “The number of active local militants has been brought to just two digits. Very less foreign militants are active as of now,” DGP Singh said during an interaction with media men in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town.
Describing Baramulla as “almost peaceful with less influence of militancy now,” DGP Singh said, “Anti-militancy operations are going on and very soon remaining militants will be eliminated as well. Handlers across the border had been luring the young boys, giving them weapons and targets. We have largely succeeded in facing this challenge. Over 100 modules of hybrid militants were busted across J&K this year so far.”
On the blog being run from across the border, DGP Singh said, “Some elements sitting across the Line of Control can’t digest peace prevailing in Kashmir. There is an issue of threats to police, media men, and even public representatives. It is the media that has to take the call. Media men don’t need to worry as we have already lodged a case against the blog and the people running it. Strict action will be taken against those handling this blog,” the DGP said.
Meanwhile, the J&K Police busted a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant module and arrested two active militants and their associates, including a woman, in north Kashmir’s Hajin area.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the module was being handled by a LeT commander from Pakistan. The module was directed to carry out substantial attacks on civilians and security forces to instill fear in the minds of the general public. They were also tasked to carry out a powerful IED blast at any crowded public place to cause maximum civilian casualties,” the police said.
He said the Indian government is committed to implementing the 1994 resolution passed in the Parliament about retrieving the part of Kashmir “under illegal occupation of Pakistan”.
On the security situation in Kashmir, the army commander said it has undergone a major change after the abrogation of Article 370, and the civil administration is doing a great job to ensure peace and development and making sure terrorism is put on the back seat.
“All the trend lines which were there, are coming down (post abrogation of Article 370), to the extent, and today peace and development have taken the central stage and there is a great space to meet the people’s aspirations. The civil administration is doing a great job in occupying that space and making sure that terrorism is…