172 militants active in Valley: GoC

Srinagar: The army said on Saturday it has killed over a hundred militants, the highest in the past three years, while stating that about 172 militants are active in the state at present.
“In 2014, all of 101 militants have been eliminated which is much higher than the 62 in 2013 and 69 in 2012. And even as we began this year, we already had 10 militants neutralised. So I do not think the situation is grave,” General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps, Lt General Subrata Saha told reporters at Badami Bagh cantonment.
Saha was responding to the question over the reports of 200 militants being active across south Kashmir alone.
“I would not put the figures in south Kashmir at 200. In all of Kashmir the figures is somewhere in the zone of 172. That’s the estimate which is there,” he said.
“There are 17 small and big launching pads from north to south of Pir Panjal range.”
Dismissing the reports that painted a grim picture of the situation in Kashmir, Saha said the Assembly elections were a “huge collaborative effort” by the administration and “all forces including the army, police and the central armed police forces besides intelligence agencies”.
“Everybody came together.. we have had such outstanding resource mobilization, such inclusion of technology that was done for force surveillance and communication. In this, the entire effort was so integrated that the mission was achieved, you have seen the high voter turnout. You have seen what the outcome was,” he said.
Saha said that there were no inputs suggesting about the heightened activity across the LoC in wake of R-day celebrations.
“In Kashmir region, right now the situation on the line of control is quite stable. And as you are aware from the last 48 hours plus, there has been snowfall on the heights ranging from 13 inches to 30 plus inches. So that’s the current ground situation,” he said.
He said like every year, this time too enhanced security measures have been made in view of January 26 celebrations.
“Since very high profile visit is taking place (US president Barrack Obama is this year’s chief guest at R-Day parade in New Delhi), all precautions are being taken in terms of intensified patrolling, in terms of surveillance, in terms of keeping some of the considerable areas specifically under added care. So all the precautionary measures are in place,” he said.