Srinagar, Sept 17: Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Wednesday said 177 militants including 20 foreigners have been killed in 72 operations by troops in Jammu and Kashmir in 2020 so far.
“Forces conducted 72 operation in the Jammu and Kashmir this year during which 177 militants, including top commander of different outfits were killed,” DGP told reporters today.
He said 12 of them were killed in Jammu and rest in Kashmir valley.
“22 of the slain militants were Pakistani nationals, which proves the involvement of neighbouring country,” the DGP said.
He said majority of militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lahker-e-Toiba (LeT) are also from Pakistan.
The DGP said Pakistan agencies are hatching conspiracies in Karachi to revive old Al-Badr outfit and create new militant groups in the Jammu and Kashmir for fomenting trouble .
“Pak agencies are preparing plans in Karachi for execution in J&K, he said.
He said Pak agencies are trying to create new militant outfit besides revive old group in the valley. Recently it surfaced that Pak agencies are trying to revive Al-Badr militant outfit, he said adding we have arrested a number of militants of this outfit.
The Pak involvement in the militancy in the Kashmir valley is beyond any doubt, the police Chief said adding they are trying to destroy our youth. But, he said, we will not tolerate their interference in the development of our youth.
Reiterating his appeal to youth who have gone astray to return to mainstream, Singh said 20 youths who had joined militancy shunned the violence and joined their families again.
“We appeal to youth who have taken the path of violence to come back and lead a normal and honourable life,” he said.
The police chief said security agencies, including police are making all efforts to see the youths who have taken up arms return back to mainstream. However, those who will not shun the path of violence will be dealt with, he said.
He said due to the hectic efforts by police and other agencies besides parents, 20 youth, who had joined militancy, have returned to mainstream. However, their details will not be divulged keeping in view their safety and security, he said.
He said if a youth goes astray it not only affects his family but entire society.