The Indian army has stated that anyone who takes up the gun in the Kashmir Valley will be “killed and eliminated”, unless they surrender.
“I request all the mothers of Kashmir to request their sons to give up on terrorism and get back to the mainstream”. This statement was given by Chinar Corps commander Lt Gen KS Dhillon at a press conference a day after a 17-hour-long encounter in which three Jaish-e-Mohammad leaders were killed. A major and three soldiers were also killed in the encounter.
“Our focus is clear on counter-terrorism operations. We are very clear that anyone who enters Kashmir Valley will not go back alive.” said Lt Gen KS Dhillon, while addressing the press conference of the Indian Army.
The army said the three terrorists had been killed in less than 100 hours post Pulwama terror attack, in which over 40 soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) laid down their lives in a suicide attack in Pulwama last week.
“We were tracking the top JeM cadres ever since February 14. The Pulwama terror attack was coordinated by the JeM cadres in Pakistan and the Pakistan Army,” he said.
The officials refused to share the operational details of the investigation due to the confidentiality of the scrutiny. However, Lt Gen Dhillon stated that the investigators have leads on the type of explosives used in the Pulwama attack.
The police officials have also claimed that the recruitment in militant groups has reduced since November.“There is a significant dip in recruitment (of people by militants). We have not see any recruitment in the last three months. The families are playing a huge role in this. We would like to urge the families and the community in curtailing recruitment.” said SP Pani, Inspector General Police (IGP) of Kashmir.
The Army, J&K Police and CRPF in a joint press conference of Indian Army concluded that the focus of the security forces, including the Jammu and Kashmir police, was very clear on terrorism, and militant recruitments had decreased in the Kashmir Valley in recent times, which was a positive sign.