35 Militants Active In South Kashmir, Awantipora Worst Hit, Says DIG

35 Militants Active In South Kashmir, Awantipora Worst Hit, Says DIG

5 March 2014
Kashmir Times
Shabir Ahmad

Srinagar: Even as seven militants, three of them top commanders, were killed in separate gun fights between them and government forces in south Kashmir in last two months, police today said that 35 militants are still active in the region. Deputy Inspector General (DIG), south Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said that as per their information at least 35 militants were operating in different districts of the region. 'Most of these militants belong to LeT followed by HM. The number of JeM militants is very less,' DIG said. He said that both the outfits are trying to review the militancy in the region. 'Though we have been successful in killing at least six top militants and arresting one top commander in just last two months but their number still remains at around 35 in four districts of south Kashmir,' DIG said. He, however, said that out of four districts of the region Pulwama is the worst hit. 'In Pulwama Awantipora, Tral and Pampore areas remain to be a problem. Out of 35 militants active in the entire region 19 are active in these three areas only,' he said. He said that since the elections are nearing militants in these areas may try to disrupt the polls. 'But we are taking all the possible measures in terms of security to foil their designs,' DIG added. Meanwhile police remains clueless into Monday’s militant attack in Pulwama town which left the two unarmed policemen dead. SSP, Pulwama, Tejinder Singh, talking to Kashmir Times said, that they are yet to get any clue into the attack. 'Investigations are going on and suspects are being questioned as a part of investigation. Several people have been questioned and later released so far. Nobody has been arrested formally as we are yet to get any clues,' SSP said. He, however, said that police is hopeful of getting some vital clues in coming days. 'Once we get some clues into the incident we will let the press know,' he added.