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Militants still active in Kashmir: Army

Srinagar: “Militants are still active in Kashmir and militancy is far from being over,” says IGP Kashmir, Abdul Gani Mir, while addressing media at south Kashmir’s Pulwama, April 25. “We’ve not reached a stage where we can say there is zero-militancy in Kashmir.”

GOC Victor Force, Major General R R Nimbhorkar, April 20, had said militant outfit, Lashkar-e-Toiba has been wiped out from south Kashmir.

Interestingly, GOC 16 Corps, Lt Gen D S Hooda has been quoted as saying at the sidelines of a function at Rajouri-Jammu, “Around 200 militants are waiting across LoC to cross over to this side. Appropriate security measures are in place to foil any such attempt.”

DGP Ashok Prasad, April 29 has reportedly said there seems to be strategic shift in north Kashmir that has witnessed highest concentration of militants in the past and as security forces are tightening their grip in north Kashmir, militants are shifting to south Kashmir. “Security forces have started to tighten the grip in these areas.”

Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, April 28, announced cash reward of five lakh rupees to militants, who carried out an attack on a police party, April 26 at Hygam-Sopore, killing four cops. Meanwhile, Army April 30 said a major tragedy was averted by detecting and defusing 11-kg Boston-type Improvised Explosive Device in Shalteng, on the outskirts of Srinagar, barely an hour after chief ministers’ cavalcade passed through the road.

Noted human rights activist, Gautam Navlakha, April 25 at Kupwara, said “Kashmir has become a complete military state.”

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2013 on page no. 10

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