August 2002 News

More surrenders by J&K militants this year: Army

27 August 2002
The Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Army claims that more and more militants in Jammu and Kashmir are surrendering under pressure from counter-insurgency operations. ''As opposed to 69 militants who surrendered in 2001, 97 have already laid down their arms this year,'' said an officer. The latest surrender came on August 22 when Altaf Hussain Wani, a resident of Ushkawa in Baramulla district, gave himself up to the Army. ''Wani was intercepted by the troops while he was attempting to infiltrate across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri sector,'' the officer said. Wani told the security forces that he was part of a group of seven infiltrators. ''Upon realising that the Army had detected their presence, they tried to escape into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The group was, however, intercepted by the Army and two of them were killed,'' said the officer. ''This incident further substantiates that organised training and infiltration by terrorists continues at the behest of Pakistan. Militants continue to enjoy full support and backing of the Pakistani army and the ISI,'' he added.


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