October 2000 News

1500 militants still active in North Kashmir: BSF

31 October 2000
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR: ''There are 1500 active militants, mostly foreigners, in north Kashmir and the largest group belong to Pakistan- based Lashker-e-Toiba, the local component is much less,'' Inspector General of BSF, B N Chatervedi told reporters at Baramulla, here, yesterday. He said though infiltration has declined in Kashmir region in view of stringent security measures adopted on the borders, militant activities have increased in Jammu region. Chatervedi, who was briefing reporters about the seizure of big cache of arms and ammunition from a militant hideout at Mangdon Forest, near Line of Control (LoC), said the hideout here served as a transit camp for the militants. ''The arms and ammunition which were being smuggled from Pakistan used to be dumped in the hideout and later distributed to other areas of the Kashmir valley,'' he said. He said BSF troops raided the militant hideout on October 29 in which two militants including an Afghan mercenary was killed. The search of the hideout led to the recovery of huge cache of arms and ammunition including eight kgs of RDX, three AK assault rifles besides, food materials.


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