For decades, Jammu and Kashmir is reeling under terrorism. Since 1990 Armed Forces Special Powers Act has been enforced in the valley.
War and terrorism has eroded the valley of its peace and normal life over the years. A thousand lives have been claimed by stone pelting, firing and teargas shells. Some districts like Pulwama, Rajouri, Shopian are more vulnerable to terrorism, due to regular encounters between terrorists and security personnel.
The police said on Wednesday that the Baramulla district in north of Jammu and Kashmir became the first region to eliminate all surviving terrorists. This comes a day after three terrorists were gunned down in Binner area of the district.
Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbagh Singh: Yesterday’s operation in Baramulla district in which 3 militants were killed makes Baramulla the first district of Kashmir with no surviving militant, as on date. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/dhU1B1r0CC
— ANI (@ANI) January 24, 2019
“Baramulla has become the first district of Kashmir with no surviving militant as on date. Jammu and Kashmir Police extends its thanks to the local population for all their support in providing a better security environment in the district,” Dilbag Singh Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir told ANI.
A district is declared militant free when no militant in that particular region is listed as active as per police records.However, while speaking to Indian Express Baramulla SSP Imtiyaz Hussain said that they couldn’t rule out the possibility that militants from neighbouring towns could enter Baramulla. As per media reports, 18 militants were active in the district at the beginning of 2018 out of which 13 were killed in encounters and a few others were forced out of the district.
Meanwhile, local media in Kashmir reported that a shutdown was observed in the district for two consecutive days following the killing of three Lashkar militants in Binner. Local residents held a demonstration and raised pro-militant slogans.
Arms and ammunitions were recovered from the terrorists and they were identified as Suhaib Farooq Akhoon, Mohsin Mushtaq Bhat, residents of Baramulla and Nasir Ahmad Darzi from Sopore, who were active in Baramulla since 2017.
India has accused Pakistan of fomenting trouble, political unrest and terrorism in parts of Kashmir.