Over 150 militants, mostly foreigners, active in Kashmir: DGP

Excelsior Correspondent

04Srinagar, Oct 31: Director General of Police, K Rajendra Kumar, today said that over 150 militants, mostly foreigners, are operating in Kashmir valley and security forces had more successes this year against them.
“Around 150 -160 militants are operating in Kashmir valley and mostly they are foreigners”, the police chief told reporters after reviewing anti-militancy operations and security preparedness for the Assembly elections.
Kumar said: “We reviewed security, counter-terrorist operations and election preparedness in North Kashmir today. We have discussed all the arrangements.”
The police chief said that police have received adequate security forces for the conduct of Assembly elections. “We have been provided adequate security forces which were needed for elections”, he said.
Kumar after reviewing the security arrangements for candidates and election campaigns said that the elections will be held in good atmosphere. “We reviewed the candidates’ security and the security needed for the election campaign. Elections will be held in a good atmosphere in a nice way”, he added.
On the busting of the militant modules in Srinagar and other places in Kashmir valley, the police chief said that police is working actively against them. “The busting of module means police is working constantly against militants, be it a sleeper cell or active module. Police is at it to identify and the bust such modules”, he added.
Kumar disclosed that security forces had more successes this year against militants and said that militancy is on decline. “This year more militants were killed and number of militants has gone down”, he added.
The police chief said that militants this year made more attempts of infiltration but they were foiled successfully. “Militants made number of infiltration attempts this year and they were foiled”, he said.
Kumar said that the number of militants who infiltrated this year has dropped as compared to last year. “The number of militants who infiltrated this year has also dropped”, he added.
The DGP reviewed the security arrangements in North Kashmir ahead of polls. He directed the police officers to remain vigilant for smooth conduct of polls.
Kumar also inaugurated new building of police station Qalam-abad at Handwara. He was flanked by IGP Kashmir, A G Mir, Superintendent of Police, Handwara, Ghulam Jeelani Wani, SDPO Mir Afrooz and other senior police officials.