Dilbagh Singh addressing a press conference
Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Dilbagh Singh addressing a press conference in Srinagar (Photo: ANI)

KUPWARA — Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Friday said that the number of active militants is one-third of what the figure was three years ago and that the security forces will wipe out the remaining militants soon.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a security review meeting in the northern district of Kupwara, the DGP Singh, who was flanked by ADGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar and other officers, said that militancy was on a decline in Kashmir.

“There is only one-third of the militants active in Kashmir of what the figure was three years ago,” he said as per the news agency KNO. As per the official figures, the number of active militants in Kashmir in 2019 was between 200 to 250.

He said that remaining active militants will be wiped-out soon as security forces are continuing intelligence-based anti-militancy operations. About Kupwara, the DGP said that the district has largely contributed towards peace and today, it is the militancy-free district of Kashmir.

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Replying to a query about the infiltration of narcotics into J&K, the DGP said that the neighbouring country has been making continuous efforts to push in narcotics and pistol consignments through drones and other means. “We have seized a large amount of narcotics as the amount earned out of drugs is being pumped to fuel militancy. As far as pistol consignments, this is a tactical shift in militancy as carrying a pistol becomes easy compared to AK-47,” he said.

About attacks on non-local labourers in south Kashmir, he said that these attacks are nothing but frustration. “If J&K youth can work and earn their livelihood in any part of India, what is wrong if a non-local labourer comes here, works for a day and earns his living? Attacking these labourers is nothing but madness,” said DGP Singh as per the KNO.

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In reply to a query about infiltration, the J&K Police chief said that the infiltration along the borders remained negligible so far.

He, however, said that some infiltration attempts were made by Pakistani militants who have been severely suppressed by the alert security grid. “A few infiltrators have been successful in crossing the LoC which we have discussed today in meeting with Army officials and other security agencies,” he said.

The DGP said that the security grid on borders is very strong and needs to be strengthened. He said that there are conspiracies from Pakistan to mislead the youth here. “We have suffered a massive loss of life and property for a long time. Now it’s the time that we will make up for this loss by standing with peace,” he said while appealing the youth to follow the path of peace.

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