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Kashmir’s Militant Stats: 82 foreigners, 52 locals, 170 unidentified says Army


Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi today offered a breakdown of militant data operatives in Kashmir

POONCH:  Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi offered a breakdown of militant data operatives in Kashmir today.

Addressing a press conference in Poonch on the occasion of Poonch Link Up Day, General officer Commanding-in-Chief northern command Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi said that figures available with the army suggest that there are 300 militants active in J&K including the Rajouri-Poonch area.

The Northern Army Commander said 82 foreigners and 53 locals were among 300 militants active in Jammu and Kashmir. He said, there may be 170 unidentified militants as well; 160 militants active on launch pads; 35 per cent new recruits below 20 years of age; 75 per cent between 20 to 30 years of age group; post article 370, the security situation witnessed significant change; Counter drones to face drone challenge on LoC.

Worrisome is that there are almost 170 unidentified militants listed with the army who are tasked to conduct criminal activities,” he said. The army commander said that all efforts are afoot by the army to prevent and foil all the designs of militants with regard to attacking the security forces across the UT.

Replying to a query about the number of active militants on the launch pads, the army officer said that there are 160 militants sitting on the various launch pads across the border.

About the security situation post article 370 abrogation, the GoC-in-C said that the security scenario has witnessed a big change post-August 5, 2019. He said peace and development have gained speed and civil administration is occupying the space.

He said that militants operating in J&K are facing a shortage of weapons and the neighbouring country is sending consignments of pistols, grenades, and drugs. “Small weapons are being used to target non-J&K residents who come here to earn their living. Locals, security forces and police have strongly condemned such acts. Those involved in killing innocents will face action,” the army officer said.

The army officer said that a huge quantity of drugs are being sent to this side and in June last year Heroine worth Rs 45 Crore besides weapons were seized in Baramulla. On the drone challenge, the northern army commander said that the army has started to counter drones with drones coming to drop weapons and drugs. About the local militant recruitment, Lt Gen Dwivedi said 35 per cent of the recruitment comprise youth below 20 years of age and the remaining 75 per cent include youth between the age of 20 and 30 years. “It is time for parents to keep a watch on their children and ensure proper upbringing. These youth need to study and see the world outside. We have sent 1800 youth to various parts of India for studies,” he said. (Agencies)


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