Presence of terrorists in Kashmir is decreasing: Army

Srinagar: The army on Sunday said that with less than 100 ultras in terrorist launch pads, presence of militants in the Kashmir valley is decreasing.

“There has been no increase in the presence of terrorists. Their numbers are decreasing," General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps, Lt Gen Satish Dua told the media after paying floral tribute to two jawans who were killed in Kupwara encounter.

The army commander said that the terrain on the LOC is such that infiltration does take place but the army has been able to limit the numbers to a “trickle”.

"I will not deny that (infiltration is taking place). In 2015, there were more than 600 inputs of infiltration. However, because of the counter-infiltration grid and our alertness on the LoC, we have been able to limit their numbers.”

Dua said the number of militants waiting in the launch pads across the LoC has also come down.

"The numbers that are waiting across in the launch pads used to be higher during summers. Presently, the numbers have come down. They are little under 100," he said.

Dua further said that the inputs on infiltration have increased in past few months but the success of the robust counter-infiltration grid has prevented militants from moving into the hinterland.

"Since about the last three months, we had many intelligence inputs about infiltration taking place and several operations were conducted in the area of Kupwara.”

"The militant groups have not been able to move to the hinterland because of a very effective and robust counter-infiltration grid. That is the reason that you are seeing that these kills are taking place in the area of Kupwara,” he added.

(With agency inputs)

News24 Bureau