No active terrorists in 3 districts; LeT, JeM headless, says Kashmir ADGP

Published on Nov 26, 2022 11:04 PM IST

Additional director general of police (Kashmir zone) Vijay Kumar said the three terrorist-free districts are Bandipora, Kupwara and Ganderbal

Additional director general of police (Kashmir Zone) Vijay Kumar interacts with the media in Srinagar on Saturday. (PTI)
Additional director general of police (Kashmir Zone) Vijay Kumar interacts with the media in Srinagar on Saturday. (PTI)
ByPress Trust of India, Srinagar

Three districts in Kashmir have zero “active terrorists” currently even as two prominent terror organisations, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), have gone “headless” after security forces neutralised their operatives and commanders, a senior police officer said on Saturday.

He identified the three “terrorist-free” districts as Bandipora, Kupwara and Ganderbal.

The Kashmir region, that comprises 13 police districts, has 81 terrorists at present with 29 being local, while 52 are of foreign origin (Pakistanis), additional director general of police (Kashmir zone) Vijay Kumar said.

He was interacting with a group of visiting journalists at the police control room here.

“The security forces have an upper hand now when it comes to containing terrorism and terrorists in the Valley. We are working to bring the figure of active, foreign and hybrid terrorists to less than 50 in the near future,” the officer said.

We are very hopeful of eradicating terrorism from Kashmir in the next two years, he asserted.

Kumar said the LeT and JeM are currently “headless” after the security forces neutralised their ranks in multiple encounters and operations.

Officials said Farooq Nalli, a Hizbul Mujahideen top operative, is the only active commander — since 2015 — and he is on the radar of the forces.

Kumar added that there were about 15-18 active “hybrid” terrorists.

According to security agencies, hybrid terrorists are those who are radicalised online and are given pistols to kill one or two persons, identified or unidentified.

Most of these “hybrid” terrorists are located in south Kashmir area comprising Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag districts, officials said.

Police authorities said the terrorists operating in Kashmir are now operating in a “module”, where they get a specific direction of attacking or killing one person.

“We have busted as many as 119 modules this year,” ADGP Kumar said.

The officer said there is also a fourth category of ultras in Kashmir whom they categorise as “potential terrorists.”These are those who are radicalised, have joined or about to join the terrorist ranks but have not undertaken a terrorist act.

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