200 Militants Active In Kashmir, 40 Killed

11 December 2015
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: The Special Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), S K Bhagat, today said that around 200 militants are active in Kashmir while the security forces have neutralized 40 militants in Kashmir during operations. He said: 'There are different estimates but there is a mix of foreign and local militants and the number is not very large at this point of time. May be around 200, out of which one-third could be foreign militants.' While addressing a press conference after a passing-out parade of CRPF new recruits here, Bhagat said there is an upsurge of militancy especially before the onset of winters. 'This has been there over the years. But all said and done, one can still say that the incidents that have been taking place have been taken care of and the security forces have been able to neutralize a lot of militants', he added. The Special DG CRPF while giving details of the recent incidents of militancy in Kashmir said that security forces have killed 40 militants in the Valley this year with the help of CRPF. 'Recently, there was firing on a CRPF convoy in which as many as six personnel were injured. The very next day, with the help of the Special Operation Group (SOG), the CRPF was able to neutralize two militants,' he said. Bhagat said that 200 CRPF men were injured, some of them critically, in dealing law and order situation in Kashmir valley. 'Not only that, especially in the context of maintaining law and order, in as many as 130 incidents, almost 200 CRPF personnel have been injured and some of them grievously. But despite all these provocations, the forces have not gone berserk by resorting to indiscriminate firing. That gives us the entire picture,' he said. The CRPF officer said that despite the challenges that the CRPF faces in Kashmir, the force is exercising maximum restraint. 'We have been able to see to it that the people whom we work with? The local administration in whose aid we are..We always consider the person on the other side as our friend, as our ally and as a citizen of this great country,' he said. Bhagat said that over a period of time, the militancy has come down drastically and there has been a progressive improvement in the situation in the Valley. Commenting over the reports of radicalization of the youth in the Valley, the CRPF officer termed the trend as worrisome. 'There is no particular community which could get lured towards the violence and that the youth who, as per reports, are getting radicalized possibly would not be from any particular sect or religion. It is not necessary that the radicals would be Islamic only but there may be Hindu radicals or Jewish radicals also,' he said. 'Radicalization of youth is a challenge before the State Government in every aspect including development, education, better facilities and meeting the aspirations of people at large. The more it is able to do so, the better the situation shall be,' Bhagat said. On ISIS in Kashmir, the CRPF said that as it has been seen that some people here wave Pakistan and ISIS flags. 'These flags raising incidents could just be an attempt by some people but majority of the people here are patriotic,' he said. Earlier, SK Bhagat presided over one of the biggest ever Passing Out cum Attestation Parade, as many as 648 newly recruited constables of 95th Batch of RTC Srinagar took final oath in fascinating colourful oath taking ceremony held at Recruit Training Centre, CRPF Humhama, in Budgam district this morning. The CRPF pass outs in rain and icy winds with their firm determination stood up to ground and displayed their strength in sustaining and functioning with perfection even when circumstances are adverse. In Prize Distribution ceremony, Motishwer Pandey won the trophy for All Round Best Trainee, Manish Kumar won the title of Indoor Best trainee, Rahul Kumar for Best in Firing and Anupam Pandey for Outdoor Best Trainee. Since its inception, the Training Centre has successfully inducted more than 21,000 trained Constables in the Force. Soon after the newly recruited constables will be joining various CRPF Battalions in different parts of the country. Many of the Constables have opted voluntarily to join COBRA battalions after a rigorous physical and psychological Test.