Militants neutralised up to large extent: Lt Gen Roy1 December 2010
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Stating that activities of the militants of different outfits have been contained up to large extent, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 16 Corps, Lt Gen Rameshwar Roy today said that normalcy was fast restoring even in those areas of the Jammu region which were earlier considered as hot-bed of the terrorists. 'With the coordinated efforts of all the security agencies we have succeeded in neutralizing militants across the region up to large extent by smashing their network', he said, adding 'it is due to mounting pressure of the security forces that terrorists are easily falling prey to the bullets'. Lt Gen Roy, who was addressing cross sections of society in a meeting at Kishtwar, said that Army with the assistance of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir Police has succeeded in restoring peace and normalcy in those areas of the region, which were early, considered as breeding ground for the terrorists. He was referring to the twin remote districts of Doda and Kishtwar where wave of terror has reportedly been sweeping the militant outfits after killing of several top commanders and mounting vigil of the security forces. 'Army is basically for checking external threats to the country but we are deployed only when internal threat assumes alarming proportion. We will stay till internal threat is completely wiped out', the GOC of 16 Corps said, adding 'Army will stay till sense of security is restored among the people and they require us to be in their respective areas'. Lauding the support being extended by the people to the Army, Lt Gen Roy said, 'our strength lies in you. It is your money in the form of tax which is being used to purchase arms and ammunition for us to take on the anti-national elements. So your security is of prime importance for us'. 'I congratulate the people of Kishtwar for maintaining calm and peace and not adhering to the voices of those elements, who always want to foment trouble, during the recent unrest in the Kashmir valley', he said and advised the people to maintain such a response even in future. About the Kashmir issue, he said, 'dialogue is the only way to each and every issue and Kashmir can also be resolved in a democratic manner and not through gun or violence'. 'Democracy, which made inroads in the country after independence, has resulted into over all development of the country. The democracy empowers people to elect their representatives so this medium should be opted to solve the Kashmir issue', he added. Lt Gen Roy asked the cross sections of society to contribute their lot in maintaining peace and provide education to their children so that they donít fall prey to the indoctrination of anti-national elements. He also advised the ex-servicemen to maintain vigil on the activities of anti-national elements and their sympathizers so that they could be neutralized timely. General Officer Commanding (GOC) Delta Force, Major General Gurmeet Singh and 9 Sector Commander Brigadier S S Prasad were accompanying the GOC 16 Corps.