78 ultras gunned down so far in 2021: IG Kashmir

Security forces have virtually crushed the backbone of Pakistan based terrorist outfit Lashkar-Taiba (LeT) by eliminating at least 39 terrorists out of a total of 78 gunned down since January 1, 2021 across different encounters in the Kashmir valley.

After the South Kashmir districts of Kulgam, Shopian,Pulwama and Anantnag the maximum number of encounters have taken place in the Central Kashmir district of Srinagar.

Out of nine encounters reported so far in the month of July 2021, two have taken place in Srinagar. In these nine encounters  two dozen terrorists have been gunned down by the security forces.

The common thread  of all these encounters was sharing of real time intelligence related to the movement of the group of terrorists hiding in the area. Based on these vital inputs, the security forces successfully tracked their footprints and suffered no major collateral damage while neutralising these terrorists.

Congratulating the joint team of security forces for conducting successful operations, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir range Vijay Kumar on Friday said that a total of 78 terrorists have been neutralised in the valley so far this year.

“Two local terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba were killed during an encounter at Alamdar colony,Danmar area of Srinagar on Friday.

He further said, “In these encounters, most of the terrorists (39 out of 78) were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit LeT followed by Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Al-Badr, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind.

Earlier, the Director General of Jammu and Kashmir police Dilbagh Singh had  chaired a high level security review meeting

with senior officers of the Indian Army and CAPFs at Police Headquarters in Srinagar.

During the meeting the DGP stressed upon officers to review the security of their respective districts regularly. He said that terrorists and their masters across the border are attempting to create disturbances and added that forces have to be extra alert to foil their evil designs.

 He emphasized that to combat terrorism more effectively a strategy for the strengthening of operational capabilities is needed for which joint operational drills of forces should be planned using latest electronic gadgets.

The DGP also highlighted that OGW networks which help in sustaining the terrorism and also involved in the recruitment of local youths need to be targeted. He said that with joint efforts various such networks were busted in the past and added that more intelligence sharing and coordination between forces would help in smashing more such networks.


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