Four Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants had been killed in an encounter with security forces on Monday in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, police stated.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Manihal space of the district round midnight, following details about the presence of militants there, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar stated.
He stated the militants refused repeated affords of give up and opened hearth on the forces.
“We appealed to them to surrender and brought their families, including wife and a four-year-old child of a militant, to appeal to them to surrender. But they refused,” he stated.
Kumar stated after the militants opened hearth on the security forces, there was a gunbattle in which 4 ultras had been killed.
“All the four were categorised militants belonging to LeT outfit. Although, they call themselves as Lashkar-e-Mustafa, they are listed as LeT militants in our records and all these names, including TRF (The Resistance Front) are the offshoots of the LeT or Jaish-e-Mohammad,” he stated.
The IGP stated three pistols and an AK rifle was recovered from the positioning of the encounter.
The militants had been recognized as Rayees Ahmad Bhat, who was lively since October final 12 months, Amir Shafi Mir, lively since final month, Raqib Ahmad Malik, lively since December final 12 months and Aftab Ahmad Wani, lively since November final 12 months.
An Army jawan was injured in the encounter and is present process remedy at a hospital right here, he added.
The IGP stated up to now this 12 months 9 encounters have taken place in the valley with most of them – eight – in south Kashmir, whereas one in the north.
“In these nine encounters, 19 terrorists have been killed, out of which nine alone were from Shopian district and two were top commanders,” Kumar stated.
He stated 18 youths have joined the militant ranks this 12 months, out of which 5 have been killed in varied encounters and three have been arrested.
“The rest are still active and we have been appealing to their parents to bring them back to the mainstream. Some may return. Also, seven youth who had joined the militancy have been brought back with the help of their families. The parents have increased their trust in the security forces,” he added.
Kumar stated Pakistan was not refraining from its actions and was utilizing social media for inciting and radicalising youth to affix militancy.
“Also, drugs are coming from Pakistan and our youth are being destroyed. I appeal the parents to take care of their children and if anyone is using drugs, then counsel him. They can approach the Police’s drug de-addiction centre and we will help them,” he stated.
The youth not solely be part of militancy because of medication however become involved in different social evils and crimes, he added.
The IGP stated the police will render all assist to these youth who give up their arms and depart militancy.
“I appeal to those who have taken up arms to surrender whether before an encounter or even during it. We will provide all possible help, you will be accepted and will not face any problem,” he stated.
Referring to the security state of affairs in the valley, the IGP stated the main focus of the security forces was to keep up an environment of peace.
“We would like to maintain two things. The schools and colleges should not be closed which can happen only when there is no incident and the atmosphere is good. Second, we would like to create such an atmosphere that tourists come here in huge numbers so that people here get employment and earn money,” he stated.
Kumar stated whereas there was a decline in the variety of stone-pelting incidents, particularly close to the encounter websites, it was a bigger challenge than militancy because it includes the society and results in disruption in day-to-day actions.
“When there is an attack by militants, schools and colleges are not closed, economic activity is not stopped, yatra is not stopped and tourist arrivals do not stop. But, when there is stone-pelting, there is a decrease in the yatra, tourists fear to come and schools and colleges are shut. Stone-pelting is a larger issue which involves society and so we take it more seriously,” the IGP stated.
He stated terrorism doesn’t make a lot distinction to the security forces in comparability to stone-pelting and regulation and order points.
“We do not want schools and colleges to be closed, shops and businesses to be shut or tourist arrivals to stop, so the law and order problem is a more serious issue,” he stated.
Kumar stated the police have made a number of arrests each time there may be such an incident and plenty of youth have been booked beneath the Public Safety Act.