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Around 1,000 militants active in Jammu and Kashmir: DGP

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Srinagar, India, June 21, IRNA
India-Kashmir-Militants
Director general of the state police (DGP) in Kashmir, Kuldip Khoda, said that around 1,000 militants were active in the state at present and that infiltration attempts were continuing, but the police was fully geared to ensure free and fair elections.

Talking to reporters after inspecting the passing out parade at the Police Training School in Manigam, Gandarbal, Friday, Khoda said that the situation was swiftly improving and people were feeling the change.

He said that militant activities had fallen but around 1,000 militants were still active in the state.

"Infiltration attempts are continuing. There were two bids in Sonapandi and Poonch since yesterday evening, and several militants were killed," he said.

The DGP said that the police was doing its work to maintain peace, and a special strategy was being followed to suppress anti-peace elements.

The police and the security forces have already been activated to deal with violence-prone elements and the troops stationed at the LoC, too, were acting with utmost caution, he said

"The police is fully prepared to ensure free and fair elections in the state, and there is no room for doubt in this," he said.

"The police wants to establish peace in the state, and the greatest success of the police would be to ensure peaceful lives for citizens," he said.

"The eyes of the public are on the police, and they expect the police to deliver protection and justice. I can say with confidence that the police is doing this task efficiently," he said.

The DGP said that the Center had approved raising five more police battalions in the state and the recruitment would start soon.

"The first priority of the police is to instill a sense of security among the people, and I appeal to my entire police force to try to rise up to public expectations," he said.

Meanwhile, eleven militants, including a district commander of the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, were killed in bloody encounters and infiltration attempts in the state over the past twenty four hours.

The police said that troops cordoned off the house of one Ghulam Ahmad Lone early Friday morning after receiving confirmed reports of militant presence in the Khaipora area of Qaziabad in Handwara.

The militants holed up inside were asked to surrender, but they opened fire on the troops, leading to an encounter which left one militant dead.

The slain militant has been identified as Mahboob Ahmad Afridi alias Jugnoo nee Faisal of Anjum Farmali, Pakistan, a district commander of the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba.

One AK rifle, one grenade and several rounds of ammunition were said to have been recovered from the scene of the encounter.

The residential house where the fighting took place suffered no damage, the police said.

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