‘Counting votes on dead bodies mission for some’
Jammu: Patting the police personnel and other security agencies, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Friday said 182 militants, including 44 top commanders, have been killed in 100 operations across Jammu and Kashmir.
“We have conducted 100 successful operations this year in Jammu and Kashmir and eliminated 182 militants including 44 top commanders,” he told a traditional press conference on the last day of the outgoing year.
Singh said that all militants who were involved in different killings have been neutralised barring two and they will meet the same fate soon.
He said that this year 43 security personnel lost their lives in militancy related incidents, out of which 20 were from Jammu and Kashmir Police. In the last 36 hours, security forces gunned down nine militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad.
On the Hyderpora incident in which four persons were killed on November 15, the police chief said: “We feel hurt at the kind of utterances made especially by people who do not know about the situation and ground realities.
“Counting votes on dead bodies is a mission for some but we will not allow them to succeed and no one is above the law,” said Singh.
Many Kashmir-based political leaders have termed the investigation by the Special Investigation Team into the Hyderpora incident as an “eyewash”.
Mohammad Latief Magray, father of Arif Magray who was among those killed, filed a petition in the High Court on Thursday seeking the body of his son for burial with all rituals.
Singh said that infiltration and recruitment had come down as compared to previous years in Jammu and Kashmir and that militancy will definitely be wiped out soon.
He said that Pakistani agencies used drones and tunnels to carry out activities in Jammu and Kashmir. “The tunnels issue has been settled to a larger extent. We have a well placed mechanism to counter and foil all nefarious designs from across the border.
“Sticky bombs were also sent by the Pakistani agencies for militant activities but we have made large seizures in the recent past.”
Asked whether Taliban may assist Pakistan against India, Singh said: “There are no apprehensions as of now that militants from Afghanistan on behalf of Pakistan are engaged in any militant activities. In the future as well no such thing is expected.”
But he said that a close vigil is maintained all along the borders and hinterland.
Singh said that of the 30,000 cases of crime registered this year in J&K, 13,000 cases have been disposed off.
Due to Covid-19, he said 2,500 police personnel tested positive and 12 died.
Singh said that stone pelting, agitations and shutdown calls have stopped. In 2021, 134 youths joined militant outfits but 72 were killed, 22 arrested and the remaining were active.
“The shelf life of new recruits has decreased to 24 hours to 4 months.” he said.