239 Militants Killed Till Nov End: DGP

19 December 2009
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Stating that 239 militants were killed in the State till November-end, Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda Saturday said 200 infiltration bids have taken place this year. In these bids, he said, 100 militants managed to sneak into Kashmir. Talking to a local news gathering agency, Kashmir Media Network (KMN), DGP said that 200 infiltration bids have taken place in the State this year. “60 per cent of the bids were foiled. However, 100 militants succeeded in sneaking into Kashmir,” he said. Khoda said that more than 600 militants are active in the State. “Of these 45 per cent are foreign nationals,” he said. He, however, said the proportion of Kashmiri and non Kashmiri militant in Kashmir is equal (50 percent each). “The active role is played by foreign militants while locals are only coordinating and helping them in the State,” he said. About the number of militants killed this year, DGP said 239 militants were killed till November 30. “More than 50 commanders including some foreign militants were among the militants, who were killed during anti-militancy operations by troopers,” he said. Asked about yesterday’s recent grenade attack in Sopore, where five troopers and a civilian were injured, he said militants are still active in the area. However, compared to past, their activities have declined considerably. Urging people to condemn the recent killing of a woman in Shopian by gunmen, he said, “People should inform security agencies about the movement of militants, who are killing innocent people.” He said police is investigating the killing of women and other people in Keller area of Shopian. “The accomplices of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Saqib (who was killed by troopers) are involved in the spate of killings in Shopian and Pulwama areas,” claimed DGP.