75 militants killed in 2017
Srinagar: Around 250 militants are active in Kashmir presently, while 75 were killed by government forces this year, Inspector General (IG) CRPF, Srinagar Ravideep Singh Sahi, said Thursday.
“Presently there are around 250 militants active in Kashmir. The CRPF involvement was almost in every encounter or joint operations in which 75 militants were neutralized,” Sahi told media on the sidelines of function organized to commemorate anniversary of the force in Srinagar. He said the number of active militants was going up and down in the Valley.
However, he said the situation was under control and fragile.
“We have seen the reduction in stone pelting incidents from past few months and security forces are in well coordination with each other to carry out counter insurgency and anti-militancy operations in an organized manner,” he said.
He said the situation in terms of militancy as well as law and order has improved very much, and added that “security forces as well as people” were contributing for the improvement of the situation in the Valley.
“People are getting fed up with stone pelting and are getting cautious that such things end up with no positive or fruitful results,” he said.
“The situation has also improved because security forces have started various society oriented programs to reach out to the public, which has helped in reduction of law and order incidents in Kashmir,” he said.
Sahi said that various security measures have been taken to prevent militant attacks on yatris.
“Recent attack on yatris in Anantnag is unfortunate. Now security forces have intensified area domination and patrolling to prevent such attacks in future,” he said.
He said that despite adequate security arrangements, sanitization of each area was not possible.
“There was laxity on part of the yatris also when the attack took place,” he said.
IG also said that there were reports of few youth from Srinagar have joined different militant ranks in past few months.
Earlier, at the 78th anniversary function, Sahi presented DG’s Commendation Discs and Certificates to jawans for their outstanding performance in various fields and honoured gallantry medalists of all times.
The Srinagar Sector CRPF also organized a Blood Donation camp at Indoor Stadium along with Indian Red Cross Society (J&K Chapter) wherein more than 200 pints of Blood were donated by CRPF personnel to various Blood Banks of hospitals across Srinagar city.
Prof (Dr) A. G. Ahanger, Director (SKIMS) and EOSG was the chief Guest on the occasion.
Dr. Ahanger lauded the role of CRPF not only in the effective upkeep of internal security, but their “humane approach to the needs of society and people”. He said besides being a disciplined force of the highest order, CRPF has proved its mettle in the arena of social responsibilities as well.