Estimated 50 ultras active in three central districts: Police

Days after suspected militants blew up a railway track in central Kashmir, police said that there are an estimated 50 militants active in the three central districts of the state including Srinagar.

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011, 18:40 PM IST

Srinagar: Days after suspected militants
blew up a railway track in central Kashmir, police on Thursday said
there are an estimated 50 militants active in the three
central districts of the state including Srinagar.

"There are 50 militants active (in central Kashmir).
There are some foreigners but they are mostly in the
outskirts," Deputy Inspector General of Police for Central
Kashmir Abdul Gani Mir said.

Militants earlier this week blew up a two-metre
section of the railway track at Sothoo, nearly one km away
from Nowgam railway station in Budgam district.

Mir, however, said militancy in the central Kashmir
area had assumed "floating" nature as militants continuously
change their location which sometimes leads to an abrupt
increase followed by an abrupt decrease in their number in a
particular area.

When asked how the militants reappeared in central
Kashmir, which was once considered to be a militant free-zone,
Mir said militancy was never over.

"I do not know who declared it a militancy free zone,
but yes militancy had decreased. There have been a few
incidents recently but it is a truth that militancy is here,"
he said.

Mir said police will take all necessary measures to
stop militants from regaining any foothold in the Valley.

PTI