SRINAGAR: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar Saturday said that militants on the directions from across are trying to misuse religious places to trigger law and order situation in the valley.
He added that security forces are alert to such bids as recently was seen at Pulwama and Hazratbal Srinagar.
Speaking on the security of Sarpanchs and Panchs, IGP Kashmir while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at Tagore Hall, Srinagar said that Sarpanchs and Panchs, who are facing threats from militants are being provided safe accommodations in Srinagar and other district headquarters.
“Since they are soft targets, militants find it easy to attack them. Sarpanch killed in Kulgam yesterday was provided space in Srinagar but he had travelled to South Kashmir without informing the Police,” he said.
He said that yesterday evening, police received specific inputs in three districts—Pulwama, Ganderbal and Handwara about the presence of militants.
“An operation took place in Pulwama’s Chawalgam in which two Jaish militants, including a top commander of the outfit Khalid Bhai from Pakistan, who was active since 2018, was killed. His associate Yaqib Mushtaq, who was district commander of JeM after the killing of Zahid Wani, was also killed. Yaqib was from the Karimabad area, once the hotbed of JeM,” the IGP said, adding that “Now there is no active JeM militant in Karimabad.”
He said that one LeT militant was killed in the Handwara encounter and another in Ganderbal while one militant Rouf Ahmed Mir was caught alive in Pulwama encounter along with Pistol.
He further added that nowadays there is one foreign militant accompanying at least two local militants and on the directions from across, they try to misuse religious places to trigger law and order situation. “We are alert to foil such bids as seen recently at Pulwama and Hazratbal, Srinagar,” he added.—(KNO)