July 2017 News

Local Support To Militants On Decline In North Kashmir: Police

23 July 2017
Rising Kashmir
Javid Ahmad

Srinagar: The public support to militancy as per police information has been witnessing decline in north Kashmir from past many years and the presence of local militants have been reduced to few compared to south Kashmir, the hotbed of local militants. Reliable police sources opine that people in north Kashmir have been largely staying away from encounter sites whenever an anti-militancy operation is launched. 'There was no public intervention when forces launched Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) and two local militants were killed in an encounter at Pazalpora village in Sopore on Wednesday.' 'Local people are fed up with militancy and that is the reason local youth in north Kashmir don't get lured it. It is due to no public support that militants were on the run in north compared to south,' a senior police officer said. Unlike in south Kashmir, local militants in north Kashmir virtually are not active on social media and this helps youth not to get lured to gun, police officer said, adding, 'Besides this, no open movement by local militants is seen in the region and that is another positive factor.' Sources said the presence of local militants is very little in north Kashmir compared to foreign militants who have infiltrated from across the border. They said there is total of 85 militants active in north Kashmir. 'Of 85 militants, some 8 are locals and rest are foreign militants.' 'It would be wrong to say that there is no local militant active in north Kashmir. There are local militants but very less. And with the killing of two militants yesterday, the militants have suffered a major jolt,' a top police officer said. These militants were operating in both habitation and forest areas of Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara and Handwara. Deputy Inspector General of Police north Kashmir range, Nitish Kumar told Rising Kashmir that local support to militancy in north Kashmir has come down drastically. 'As and when militants try to come to habitation, locals immediately give information and militant run back to forests. The number of local militants is very low, most of them have been killed in recent times,' Kumar said. Once hot bed of militancy, Sopore, Palhalan and Bandipora areas virtually seem to have less activity of local militant, he said. Police officer said the multiple and tight security grid is in place along the Line of Control (LoC) to stop foreign militants from infiltrating into Valley through traditional infiltration routes of Uri and Gulmarg in Baramulla, Nowgam, Keran and Machil in Kupwara and Gurez in Bandipora districts. 'Recently, there have been series of infiltration bids, most of them have been foiled. In the current year, over 22 infiltration attempts have been foiled and 34 armed intruders eliminated on the LoC,' police officer said.