1500 militants operating in J&K: Sekhon
3 November 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: About 1500 militants have been operating in Jammu and Kashmir and 800 in Kashmir province only to continue the pot of militancy boiling in the State. This was disclosed by General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps Lt General A S Sekhon in a brief interaction with the media persons after laying wreaths at the war memorial of Major Somnath Sharma today. 'The intelligence inputs reveal that innocent youths are continously being provided training in camps of various militants outfits in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) before being pushed into this side of border', he said. 'The infiltration attempts by militants make it amply clear that their infrastructure across the border is intact but our forces are ready to defeat them', he said, adding 'recently two infiltration bids have been foiled in Kupwara and four militants had been killed in Machil and Keran areas'. The GOC disclosed that both Army and Border Security Force (BSF) troops on the Line of Control (LoC) in the State have been alerted to thwart any attempt of infiltration. 'It is due to strict vigil maintained by the troops on LoC that large number of attempts to sneak into this side of border were thwarted in the recent past', he added. 'Besides fencing of the borders sophisticated gadgetry is being mobilized to counter any such attempts by militants', Lt Gen Sekhon further said. In response to a question, Lt Gen Sekhon said that with the gunning down of Amanullah Bukhari, the dreaded Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT), few days back in Kupwara sector, the oufits network in North Kashmir has been weakened and the troops continue to have their dominance over the militants. All the schools and hospitals under the occupation of the Army in Kashmir have been vacated and the process of evacuation from other important Government buildings has already begun, the GOC said, adding In reply to a question regarding recent killing of a teacher in cold blood by the troops in Kupwara, the GOC said court of inquiry has been ordered in to the killing. Two Army personnel have been arrested sofar. Testimonies from all the witnesses including the colleagues of the teacher and the headman of the village are being taken in to account. 'The final decision will be made after analyzing all the pros and cons of the case and the wrongdoers will be punished', he said.