SRINAGAR: There are only 61 militants active in Kashmir Valley, with four of its districts without any militant presence, according to police.
The latest data compiled by the police’s State Crime Branch Bureau and published in its annual Crime Gazette 2013 says there are 76 militants active in entire J&K (61 in Valley and 15 in Jammu). Besides, there are also 1,447 ‘Over Ground Workers’ (OWGs) active in all the 25 police districts of the state.
Of the 61 militants in Valley, the data shows majority of them are operating in south Kashmir. The central Kashmir has lowest number of militants in any police range, with only three active militants and 252 OGWs.
“Only two militants are active in Srinagar district and the district has 106 OWGs. Ganderbal has one active militant and 67 OGWs. Budgam has no militant, however, 79 OGWs are present in the district,” the data says.
The highest number of active militants—13—is in south Kashmir’s Awantipora area. There are five militants each in Kulgam and Shopian districts, says the document, adding that Pulwama has four active militants and Anantnag two.
According to the report, of the three districts of north Kashmir, Kupwara’s Handwara police range district has most number of active militants—11—followed by Sopore with 8. The two areas have 72 and 18 active OGWs, respectively.
The frontier Kupwara has six active militants and 127 OGWs, the document says. “Bandipora, which was once the hotbed of the insurgency and presence of militants and their activities, has no active militant.”
Jammu region has 15 active militants and 710 OGWs, with Rajouri having most number of militants active—5. Rajouri is followed by Ramban district which has four active militants while Kathua and Kishtwar have three active militants each. The highest number of OGWs is in Reasi with 210 followed by Doda which has 141; however, the two districts have no presence of militants, according to the document.
Poonch, which was considered as launching pad and hotbed for militancy has no active militant, the document says.