Almost all terrorists involved in civilian killings in J&K neutralized last month: Sources

Almost all terrorists involved in killings of civilians in Jammu and Kashmir last month have been neutralized and the armed forces are now focusing on intelligence-based “surgical operations” involving small-scale operations to tackle terror activities in the union territory. Teams are involved. security establishment said on Sunday. He said a “sophisticated” approach to tackling terrorism has been put in place under a more nuanced framework of better coordination between the J&K Police, intelligence agencies and the military, with the aim of minimizing collateral damage. ,

After remaining relatively calm, Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a spate of killings of innocent civilians last month, raising fears of an intensifying cycle of violence and upheaval in the region. Sources said the main focus of the counter-terrorism exercise has been to achieve “zero loss” of innocent people and all branches of the security forces are trying to achieve this.

This is why the focus on “intelligence-based surgical operations”, involving small teams, is focused on gaining support from the local population for such operations. According to intelligence inputs, Pakistan-based terrorist masters have instructed their proxies. Sources said whenever security forces carry out counter-insurgency operations, they are active in Kashmir to ensure the death of at least 10 civilians.

In 2018, 24 civilians were killed and 49 were injured in various anti-terrorist operations, he said. Over the past three years, the security forces took several measures to ensure minimum collateral damage and as a result of such efforts, only two civilians were killed. And two suffered minor injuries in 2021, sources said.

Asked about the encounter at Hyderpora in Srinagar, he said a certain section is focusing on capturing the “lost space”. Jammu and Kashmir Police Chief Dilbagh Singh said on Thursday that the ongoing investigation into the Hyderpora encounter shows that the terrorists were backed by a network. in carrying out terrorist activities.

Sources said the security forces are getting support including actionable intelligence from local people in several parts of Jammu and Kashmir as they rejected the “false propaganda” being run by Pakistan. There was a risk of collateral damage or when the lives of innocents were assessed to be at risk,” said a source on condition of anonymity.

Sources claimed that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is under control and pointed out that only 121 incidents were reported in 2021 as compared to 318 terror-related incidents in 2018. Only 39 have been reported in 2021,” said another source.

Sources said that elements close to the Pakistani establishment are constantly trying to instigate the Kashmiri people. On 7 October, terrorist Mehran Yasin Shalla killed two teachers inside a government boys’ higher secondary school in Safa Kadal, Srinagar. Sources said that Shalla was gunned down by the security forces on November 24.

Terrorist Adil Ah Wani killed carpenter and Saharanpur resident Sagir Ahmed Ansari near Litar Bus Stand in Anantnag. Sources, citing some counter-insurgency operations, said that Wani was gunned down by security forces in Shirmal Shopian on October 20 as part of “Operation Dragged”.

On October 17, terrorist Gulzar Ahmed Reshi was involved in the killing of two laborers of Bihar and a laborer was injured in Wanpoh of Kulgam. Sources said Reshi was gunned down by security forces on October 20 as part of ‘Operation Sopat’.

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