Militant recruitment dipped in last 3 months: IGP

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Srinagar, Mar 11: Asserting that the recruitment of locals into militant ranks has significantly dipped during the last about three months in the valley, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, said it is a positive development.
“It is a positive development that the recruitment in militant ranks has significantly dipped during the last three months which is proven by statistics,” Pani, flanked by Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps and Inspector General of CRPF Zulfiqar Hasan, told reporters during a press conference here on Monday.
Pani said the normally when a local youth joins militant ranks, he announces the same on social media or his family files a missing compliant in a police stations. However, he said such incidents have significantly decreased in the last three months.
“JeM commander Mudasir Khan, who was the main conspirator of the Pulwama attack, was among the militants killed in an encounter with security forces in village Pinglish, Tral, in south Kashmir district of Pulwama on Sunday,” he said.
Pani said Mudasir and the other two militants killed were part of a group which used to recruit local youths to militants ranks in JeM. “With the elimination of this group, the recruitment process of JeM has been further dented,” he added.
Answering a question, he said the crowed during the funeral processions of militants has also witnessed decline.