NIA raids curbed stone pelting, claims CRPF chief

Srinagar: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General R R Bhatnagar on Sunday said the investigation and raids being conducted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into alleged “terror funding led to a decline” in stone pelting in Kashmir Valley.

“There is an effect following the actions by all the agencies. There is also an effect because of what NIA is doing. The way stone pelting was happening in a coordinated manner, this (NIA raids) will definitely stop that,” Bhatnagar said.

Answering to another question whether the killed militants were part of any bigger group of JeM, Bhatnagar, “They (three slain militants) have not been identified yet. They seem to be foreign. I will not go into numbers as they are not important. The important thing is that we are ready for every challenge. Whatever the numbers, you have seen that we have achieved success (in recent months). We have neutralised about 148 militants, including top commanders, this year. We will continue such actions in the future as well along with JK Police and the Army,” he said.

The CRPF chief visited the District Police Lines in Pulwama in south of Kashmir which was stormed by three militants on August 26.

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