‘Militancy dropped by 50% in J&K this year’



Jammu: While conceding that Pakistan-based terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen were still operating in Jammu and Kashmir, state police Thursday said there has been a drop of 50 per cent in terrorists violence in first three months of the year.

"This year we have 50 per cent drop in the terrorists violence as compared to the last year. Last year, as you know, we had 47 per cent drop in violence," Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda said.

Khoda was talking to reporters on the sidelines of launch of postal stamp here.

"So with the type of operation, with the type of alertness displayed by the police and other security forces - who are working in close co-ordination and very high level of synergy, the terrorism level will come down fast. And we have to maintain that," Khoda said.

"In spite of the presence of Pakistan-based militant outfits such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen in the state, there was considerable dip in violence", he said.

The DGP said "We have roughly under 200 terrorists in the state at the moment. The Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen- they are two major outfits, which are still here, operating. Though the number of incidents has come down."

The success we have achieved is due to coordinated efforts of the police and the security forces, DGP said.

PTI