June 2017 News

Operation All-Out: Army's Master Plan To Flush Out Terrorists From Kashmir

22 June 2017
India Today
Jitendra Bahadur Singh

New Delhi: The country's top security establishment has prepared a blueprint to deliver a lethal blow to terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir with a longterm plan for a lasting peace in the troubletorn Valley, senior officials told India Today TV on Thursday. As many as 258 militants from a clutch of outfits have been shortlisted for Operation All-Out that has been launched strategically in parts of the region, the security sources said. Prime locations of terrorist activities were mapped well before the exercise got a go-ahead, the sources revealed. 'Intelligence agencies carried out a secret district-wise survey to identify militant hideouts,' said a top security official, who did not wish to be named. 'This strategic operation is based on meticulous planning and intelligence-gathering.' As many as 130 local and 128 foreign terrorists have been identified as potential targets in the current operation, according to intelligence sources. 'They belong to different terror groups, such as Lashkar, Jaish, Hizbul and Al- Badr,' a source explained. Six terrorists have been killed in the past two days alone as part of Operation All-Out, said officials. According to a breakdown of the plan, most of the terrorists on the new security hit list belong to the LeT. As many as 136 Lashkar militants are on the radar followed by 95 from Hizbul and 23 from Jaish. The blueprint, a copy of which is with INDIA TODAY TV, reveals that Sopore tops the list of districts with 39 terrorists. Of these, 24 are locals and 15 foreigners. Kupwara district is placed second where 34 terrorist are active, of which 32 are of foreign origin. Shopian and Awantipora districts have 26 and 25 active terrorists, respectively, according to the list. The officials said greater involvement of local terrorists is a cause for concern because of the upcoming Amarnath Yatra, beginning on June 29. 'These terrorists are well-equipped in the area and the yatra route. Hence, they are a bigger threat,' an official said. Sources also said intelligence inputs reveal that a new consignment of arms arrived in the Valley from across the border. 'These are Chinese-made arms with better precision and more lethal effects,' the sources said, pointing out that Chinese hand grenades were used in an attack on a CRPF Battalion this week, in which 10 jawans were injured. Officials said use of these grenades to disrupt Amarnath Yatra is a possibility and security forces manning the route have been put on high alert.

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