After six months, Army says local recruitment into militant ranks went up again last month in Kashmir

CoI into Shopian encounter over, further process will reach next stage soon

Srinagar, Oct 10: General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps, Lieutenant General BS Raju on Saturday said that Pakistan has not changed it ways of helping militants to infiltrate into this part of Kashmir to fan violence and trouble in the region, saying as per sources 250-300 militants are ready to infiltrate at launching pads established on the other side of Line of Control (LoC).

He added that Court of Inquiry (CoI) into Amshipora Shopian fake encounter has been completed and the process to the next level will reach soon.

GoC 15 Corps who was talking to reporters on the sidelines of the passing-out-cum attestation parade at JAKLI center at Rangreth in Srinagar outskirts said that Pakistan has failed to mend its ways of helping militants to infiltrate into this part of Kashmir but Army is enough skilled to teach a lesson to neighboring country.

“Pakistan is continuously helping militants to infiltrate into Kashmir with an aim to destabilize peaceful atmosphere in the region,” GoC said and added around 250-300 militants are ready at launching pads to infiltrate into this side.

He however admitted that few ceasefire violations are reported at the Line of Control (LoC) but maintained situation is “under control”.

He said Army needs peoples support to frustrate the designs of Pakistan who is continuously pushing infiltrators to Kashmir.

Lauding the efforts of Army while foiling the infiltration bids at Line of Control (LoC), GoC said that effective counter infiltration mechanism has declined the attempts of infiltration by militants this year.

“This year we have stopped infiltration bids to large extend. Last year till October 126 militants had managed to enter into this part of Kashmir however this figure during current year witnessed a decline and the number reached to just 30”, he said.

GOC said this morning Army foiled a weapon smuggling bid into Kashmir across the KishanGanga River and recovered four AK rifles.

He said army is containing the situation and has recovered cache of arms as effective surveillance mechanism has been put in place.

He added that anti-militancy operations are on across valley during which militants are being killed continuously both in the hinterland and on Line of Control (LoC).

“This morning, Army killed two militants including a foreigner in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district and added it has been seen where foreign militants got killed the area witnessed peace afterwards.

GoC said that after six months the local recruitment into militant ranks went up again last month. “During last six months there was a decline in local recruitment but it went up again in last month”, he said.

To a query about surrender policy, GOC said that several youth who had joined militant ranks are giving up now as such things are being kept hidden for several reasons.

“Local boys who were swayed and taken up arms have started to come back. They are being given every change to surrender and such things are being kept into secret”, GoC said while replying to a query.

When asked about the comparison of south Kashmir with northern parts of valley, GOC said that there is no doubt that recruitment is south Kashmir is little high than in north Kashmir but situation is comprehensively under control.

To a question about Panchayat elections, GOC said that as the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has already given nod to its conduct, we are hopeful that people from all areas will come forward for the development of their respective areas.

On Shopian fake encounter, he said the Court of Inquiry (CoI) has been completed and on the basis of the inquiry who found some wrong were been committed. “We have ordered a summary of evidence and have covered some distance. Hopefully, we will reach the next stage soon”, he said.

When asked whether there is any indication of assistance by China into infiltration bids at LoC, Army officer maintained that so far there is no such evidence of direct strategic or logistic support from China but as far as CPEC is concerned, the reports cannot be ruled out.

He also added that economic activity has also been started in Kashmir and apple and paddy cultivation has also started.

GOC further added that Army along with people are containing the Covid-19 pandemic situation meticulously. (KNS)

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