Monday, 3 January 2011

500 militants active in J&K: Police chief

Pointing out that terror infrastructure is intact across the border to aid and abet terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir, police chief Kuldeep Khoda today maintained that 450-500 militants are active in the state where militancy has been lowest in past two decades but infiltration bids had increased.

The terror infrastructure across the border - launching pads and terrorists training camps - are intact and active to aid, abet and infiltrate militants into the state, Khoda told reporters.

"The camps and launching pads have not been closed down. The infiltration bids from across the border have increased while infiltration of militants is down because of the alertness and vigilance of army personnel who have killed more militants during the bids last year," he said.

However, there are 450-500 militants actively operating in the state and 45-50% of them are foreign militants, he said.

Referring to militancy in the state, he said the situation is under control and incidents are lowest in over two decades.

There are 488 militancy-related incidents in 2010 against 499 in 2009, 20 militants have surrendered in 2010 compared to 15 in 2009, he said adding lowest 47 civilians were killed in terrorists incidents in 2010 compared to 71 in 2009. Not only this, 69 security forces and police personnel were killed last year as against 79 in 2009.

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