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300 militants active in J&K: DGP
SRINAGAR, Nov 4: Asserting that around 300 militants are active in Jammu and Kashmir, the Director General, Police, Ashok Prasad said that Pakistan is pushing militants into Jammu and Kashmir with multiple tasks to create the disturbance.

He said the leaders of outfits in Pakistan use various fault lines like religious, social, caste and many others to disturb normalcy. He, however, ruled out the involvement of militants in all sacrilegious incidents saying that many of the incidents occurred on local disputes.

“We cannot attribute every incident to the militants as many of them like the incident in Handwara, Bandipora, Kulgam are based on some local issues. But it is fact that some militants are trained to instigate people on religious issues,” Prasad told Kashmir Times.

He said the inquiry into the Handwara incident where Quran was desecrated allegedly by some unknown persons is under process.

He said that wherever militants get chance to exploit the local disputes they do.

“Each sacrilegious act which took place in state is unique in nature and only investigations can prove their actuality”,” he said.

DGP said that presently 250 to 300 militants are active in the state while Sopore, Tral and Shopian have largest representation respectively.

“There are 250 to 300 militants actively involved and all of them have to show their performance. If some are fighting against the security forces, others try to prove their mettle in creating disturbance by using fault lines like religion, caste,” he said.

He said that the militants who infiltrate are largely taking shield in the dense forests of Rajwar and other adjoining areas of Kupwara district in north Kashmir and doesn’t show any activity as they want safe sanctuaries for their stay.

“Once they reach into the towns, they strike”.

Prasad, however, was satisfied with the dwindling graph of militancy related incidents saying that it has been controlled to the larger extent, if not completely.

“The militants in some cases are successful in motivating local youth and recruit them. Later they carry incidents with the help of them as is evident from the recent encounter in Sopore and Ganderbal where foreign militants were accompanied by the locals,” DGP said.

Prasad attributed the attack on Silver Star hotel in city outskirts in recent past to Pakistan based militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba.
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News Updated at : Monday, November 5, 2012
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