After over 30 years, Tral of South Kashmir has no active Hizb militant left: J&K Police

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In a major development the J&K police has claimed that there were no active militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) in Tral area south Kashmir. On Friday, three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Tral. The police has claimed that this was a major development as Hizbul now has no presence in Tral after three decades.

“After today’s successful ops, no presence of HM terrorist in Tral area. It has happened for first time since 1989,” said Vijay Kumar, IGP J&K Police. Tral area is also the home town of Hizbul Mujahideen poster boy and slain commander Burhan Wani.

The J&K Police has increased the intensity of encounters against militant groups in the valley over the past months. More than 35 militants have been killed in Kashmir in the month of June so far in around a dozen encounters. The security forces seem to be upping the ante against militant groups in the Kashmir valley. There is an encounter almost every day in the valley.

On Tuesday morning, two militants were killed and one CRPF jawan also lost his life in a gunfight in Pulwama. On Sunday, three young boys who had picked up arms were killed in Srinagar. So far more than 100 militants have been killed in various encounters this year.

“Very successful operations have been carried out. Most of these operations are clean. Neutralising a terrorist doesn’t give any happiness to us but the fact is that any person with a gun is a threat to people. We can’t ignore this threat. I am, however, happy to say that new recruitment in militancy has come down drastically,” said Dilbagh Singh, DG J&K Police in a recent press conference.

The militant groups, on the other hand, seem to be active. On Friday itself an attack was mounted on CRPF in Bijbehara town of Kashmir. One CRPF jawan and a civilian boy lost their lives in the firing. Police believe militants from the outfit JKIS are behind the attack.

After the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, there were apprehensions about possibilities of increase in militancy in the Kashmir Valley. Sources believe there was heightened attempt by the terror groups to push their men from across the LoC. Many infiltrations were successful as well.

Even though the security grid feels the situation after Article 370 on the civilian front was managed well, but checking militancy was a challenge. South Kashmir has emerged as the hotbed. Most of the militancy-related activities and the anti-insurgency operations are taking place in this belt.

As per the security forces there was a serious threat of attacks. Intelligence inputs have been suggesting possibilities of IED attacks or blasts.

“There is a serious threat of Pulwama-like car IED blasts. One IED expert of Jaish-e-Muhammed was killed but there are others and we are after them,” said Vijay Kumar, IG Kashmir.

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