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Will not allow revival of terrorism in Jammu region: Army

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

A top Saturday said it would not allow revival of terrorism in Jammu region including the mountainous district which witnessed killing of four persons including two senior leaders of BJP and RSS since November last year.

The (GOC), White Knight Corps, Lt Gen also said the leadership of Pakistan-based (JeM) outfit was eliminated in valley post India's preemptive air strike on a JeM terror camp in Balakot on February 26 in response to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

"The incidents which had happened in in the recent past are a matter of concern. The enemy always try to revive terrorism in the areas where it was wiped out but we are ready for the challenge and I want to assure the people if the intention is to revive terrorism, we will not allow it to happen," the said interacting with in district.

The communally sensitive district, which was declared terrorism-free over a decade ago, was rattled by the killing of of BJP and his brother on November 1 last year, followed by assassination of and his inside a health centre on Tuesday.

"The has not left this area because the enemy can attempt again to revive terrorism but as long as we stand united, the cannot succeed in its nefarious design," he aded.

On March 8, unidentified gunmen also snatched the service rifle of the of district development commissioner, Kishtwar, fromhis rented accommodation in the town.

The officer said the intelligence agencies, police and have worked out a strategy to deal with the arising situation.

"Some people were already rounded up (in connection with the latest killings) and the operation is going on there (Kishtwar) at the moment," he said.

When his attention was drawn to the weapon snatching incident, arrest of some militants with weapons and recovery of huge consignment of drugs in Poonch and district last year, he said the enemy always try that there be no peace anywhere in the state.

"Such attempts continue on the part of the enemy but we failed their nefarious design with the joint efforts and the support of the public," he said.

Lt Gen Singh said those people who have seen Rajouri, Poonch and Surankote after 1990 know with everybody's cooperation --civilian population, local administration, police and army -- the terrorism was wiped out from the region.

"There is no place in the country which is free from the danger of an accident," he said and expressed satisfaction over the peaceful conclusion of the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 11.

In response to another question about the status of militancy in the state post Balakote airstrike, he said "the leadership of outfit was eliminated in the valley."

"As far as Jammu region is concerned, it has not witnessed any major militant activity before or after the airstrike," he said.

The Army officer said ground reports did not suggest sudden increase in the terror activity by overground workers of the terrorists in any part of the Jammu region.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 17:20 IST