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Over 450 terrorists operating in J&K, security situation is stable: Army

Around 191 youngsters had joined terrorist groups in the Kashmir valley

Press Trust of India  |  Udhampur (J&K) 

Ranbir Singh
FILE PHOTO: Ranbir Singh

The Indian Army on Thursday said 450 terrorists were operating in and the terror infrastructure across the (LoC) was intact with the full support of Pakistan as 16 terrorist camps were operating in the neighbouring country and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

"The number of terrorists is more on the north of Around 350 to 400 terrorists are active in the On the south of (the Jammu region), there are 50 terrorists," commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh told reporters.

He said most of the terrorists on the south of were dormant.

"The security situation is stable on this side. However, the operations are mostly conducted on the north of Pir Panjal (Kashmir) as more terrorists are present there," he added.

Lt Gen. Singh said the terror infrastructure was intact in PoK and Pakistan.

"It is sad that the terrorist infrastructure in PoK is still intact. The Pakistan Army, in its bid to support infiltration of terrorists from across the border, carries out and certain tactical activities along the LoC," he said, adding that 16 terrorist training camps were operating in PoK and Pakistan.

"They (terrorists) are being trained and then brought to the LoC. Then they infiltrate into We are keeping these (activities) under surveillance," the commander said.

He added that 191 youngsters had joined terrorist groups in the Kashmir valley, but there was a relative decline in the number of people joining such outfits over the last few months.

"According to reports, 191 youngsters are reported to have joined militancy. Most of the recruitments took place up to the month of August. There was a relative decline in the number of youngsters joining militancy from October till now," Lt Gen. Singh said.

He added that there were concerted efforts on the part of the Army to reach out to the youngsters and their parents and teachers so that they prevailed upon the youngsters not to join any outfit propagating terrorism.

"We hope that the youth engagement programmes will pay dividends in the months to come," the commander said.

Castigating the narrative being created that it was an indigenous movement, he said of the 836 terrorists killed in the state in the last five years, 490 were "Pakistani or foreign terrorists".

Lt Gen. Singh added that there was a significant percentage of Pakistani terrorists, who were being used as cannon fodder and pushed into to cause casualties among Indian citizens.

However, the Army was taking action to arrest this trend, he added.

First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 17:10 IST