60 Jammu And Kashmir Terrorists Neutralised In 6 Months

60 Jammu And Kashmir Terrorists Neutralised In 6 Months

15 October 2013
The New Indian Express
Yatish Yadav

New Delhi: Security agencies said they had “neutralised” at least 60 top-ranking operatives of the Lashkar-e-Taiyaba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Al Badar and dismantled several terrorist networks in south and north Kashmir in the last six months. “A few cells are still active. They include LeT second-in-command Qasim in north Kashmir. He has now become the self-styled commander of the group. But most of LeT and JeM networks in south Kashmir were destroyed. Several covert operations were launched against the arms supply lines to terrorists,” a source said. A senior officer said the LeT was weakened but ISI was trying to revive the terror outfit’s parent organisation based in Pakistan by providing shelter, weapons, money and terror training. In the aftermath of Afzal Guru’s hanging in February, sources said, there was an increase in terror attacks and the number of encounters went up to 20 within six months. Nine terrorist outfits under the United Jehad Council organised a conference in February and reiterated their resolve to step up attacks in India. Also, there was a systematic crackdown on hawala transactions to terrorists and separatists. Sources said there was an intelligence input on these terror outfits cultivating modules in Bangladesh to keep terror supply lines open. A wanted terrorist had revealed that trained terrorists were being launched from Bangladesh and Nepal, they added.