September 2003 News

J&K Terror Due To Turmoil Among Militants: Army

15 September 2003
The Asian Age

New Delhi: The Army on Monday explained the fresh spurt in terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir to a 'total turmoil' in the ranks of the militants - following its recent successes in nailing down top militants like Jaish chief commander Ghazi Baba. To overcome the 'loss of confidence' in their ranks, the militants had come overground and 'out in the open.' This had helped the Army immensely in its counter insurgency operations. In the last fortnight nearly 60 militants had been killed, a figure which is much higher compared to the corresponding period last year. 'There is total turmoil in the terrorists ranks and this loss of confidence in leadership is making them to come over ground with fidayeen style attacks,' Major General Deepak Summanwar, Army additional director-general public information said. 'It suits us, fighting militants who have come out into the open. Most of the militants who came out have been neutralised. Since September 1, 60 militants have been killed,' he said. Maj. Gen. Summanwar said that in a recent encounter where 10 militants were killed, nine of them were Pakistani mercenaries, and included LeT divisional commanders of Banihal, Pulwama and Poonch. Maj. Gen. Summanwar further declined to answer whether Operation Sarp Vinash or Operation Parakram were continuing, said: 'The Army will not allow Hilkaka areas to be used by militants he said, the Army launched operations in the area whenever they received information of militants in the area.' Talking about the Kathua incident in which seven terrorists managed to escape, he said that Operation was a 'handover' to the Army from the police


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