J & K

Security forces killed 92 jihadis this year

July 07, 2017 04:17 AM
Dal Lake, Kashmir

New Delhi: As many as 92 terrorists were killed till July 2 this year, against 79 in the corresponding period during 2016 in Jammu and Kashmir. In fact, the numbers of terrorists killed in counter-insurgency operations so far this year have surpassed the year-wise figures or 2012 and 2013 when UPA was in power.

Infiltration figures also show a decline. As against 371 infiltration cases recorded in 2016, 124 were recorded till May-end this year . “Many of these 124 terrorists have been neutralised since,“ said a home ministry official.

While 72 and 67 terrorists were eliminated in J&K in 2012 and 2013 respectively , the numbers picked up during NDA's tenure, touching 110 in 2014, 108 in 2015 and 150 in 2016. “Terrorists killed till July 2 this year are only slight y less than killings through 2014 and 2015,“ a senior home ministry official said, attributing the successes to seamless coordination between the Army , central forces, state government and intelligence agencies.

“The forces have been given a free hand to track and intercept the terrorists holed up in the valley, before launching intelligence-based operations with due mapping of the target and how to neutralise terrorists with minimum collateral damage,“ said a senior home ministry functionary. The official underlined that among the 92 terrorists killed in J&K till July 2, most of the targets were big and prominent terror operatives.

Infiltration figures also show a decline. As against 371 infiltration cases recorded in 2016, 124 were recorded till May-end this year . “Many of these 124 terrorists have been neutralised since,“ said a home ministry official.

While terror-related incidents were higher at168 till July 2 this year as compared to 126 in the corresponding period of 2016, stone-pelting incidents witnessed a dip.

 

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