Jammu and Kashmir [India], December 31: As the Jammu and Kashmir police finds itself embroiled in a last month’s controversial encounter at Hyderpora in Srinagar, General Officer Commanding 15 Corps, Lt General DP Pandey said that terror groups are trying to recruit young children.
“The infiltration attempts are not serious as of now. The numbers have gone down this year. We are vigilant and totally prepared to ensure that no one is able to sneak in,” said Pandey.
“Terror groups are finding it hard to recruit well-educated youth between 22-25 years of age. So now they are turning to young children aged 15-16 years old to join the ranks of terrorists. I am sure that these parameters are going in a direction which will ensure a better and safe environment for the people of Kashmir,” he added.
Meanwhile, The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that around 86 local terrorists are currently active in Jammu and Kashmir.
“ABout 200 terrorists in Kashmirhas come down to 180. For the first time in history, local
terrorists have reduced to less than 100. The count is 85-86 after yesterday’s encounter. So, terrorism is reducing,” said IGP Kashmir said while addressing a joint press conference on the two encounters in Kulgam and Anantnag district, ANI reported.
He further said that out of 128 local militants who joined militancy this year, 73 were killed while 17 were arrested.
Meanwhile, the special investigation team (SIT) of police probing Hyderpora encounter has given a clean chit to security forces for any wrongdoing. The SIT concluded that two civilians, a doctor and a businessman were either used as human shield by terrorists or killed by terrorist during the encounter.
The SIT headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police Srinagar Sujit Kumar has categorically denied that he led the Hyderpora encounter and there was a conflict of interest by heading the SIT probe into controversial encounter.
“Perhaps foreign terrorist received instructions from outside that Dr Musadir may have been behind the encounter. On this suspicious he killed Dr Mudasir Gul in the attic of the building,” said Kumar, NDTV reported.
“After killing Dr Mudasir, they used the building owner Altaf Bhat as human shield while trying to flee. In the ensuing firing, Altaf Bhat was hit by a bullet. His body was found at the terrace with Amir Margay,” he added.
Now, Amir Magray’s father has filed a writ petition in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh High Court, seeking the return of his son’s body, saying he was innocent and citing his family’s long contribution in the fight against terrorism.
National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah said that it does not behove the Jammu and Kashmir Police to be trying to threaten people into submission.
His statement came after the SIT probing the Hyderpora encounter threatened legal action against political leaders for making “speculative statements” about the investigation.
Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday questioned the veracity of the Special Investigation Team’s (SIT) report on the Hyderpora encounter which had left four persons, including a non-local militant, dead on November 15-16 in Srinagar.
Their statements came a day after SIT head Sujit Kumar Singh warned of penal action against politicians for any “provocative” remarks.
“The police report is false. Police have done it to save themselves. They [youths] have been killed by the police and there is no doubt in it. A judicial enquiry be done into it,” National Conference president said.