J&K: Radicalization has dropped among locals, more than 225 terrorists gunned down: Army

Kapurthala (Punjab): Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh updating on the number of terrorists killed in Jammu and Kashmir so far said a number of more than 225 terrorists were gunned down this year.

The initiatives taken by the government and security forces had resulted in a drop of local youths joining militancy, he said on Saturday.

“We have been able to neutralise a large number of terrorists. As on date, we have been neutralised more than 225 terrorists. However, couple of days of this year are still balanced (left),” Singh told reporters in Kapurthala during his visit to Sainik School.

These initiatives really did help, as the locals in the region were sharing information about terrorists’ movements with the Army.

“That is a very positive sign, which shows a decline of militancy. It shows frustration on the part of Pakistan to push more and more terrorists into J&K. But our resolve is clear that as long as terrorists are moving around they shall not be provided space to carry out activities at their will. They will be acted against and neutralised,” he said.

“We will ensure that peace and stability are maintained in J&K,” the Lt. Hen added.

“All the initiatives by the government and security forces in J&K are paying rich dividends. There is reduction in the number of local youths joining militancy, which was taking place in last couple of months. There is a relative decline. There is also a decline in radicalisation,” he notifies.

“That is the reason that situation is stable in J&K. But (if) any untoward thing happens, the Army acts swiftly and ensures peace, stability and security,” he assured.

Indicating neighboring country’s part in spreading terrorism beyond Kashmir he said the Indian Army is taking all measures to arrest the spread of terrorism.

Taking on Kartarpur corridor, he said this will encourage people to connect to people but warning the infiltrators he said, those who dare to cross the Line of Control (LoC) will have to face death.