80 militants killed in 6 months, 115 ultras active in south Kashmir: Army


SRINAGAR: Asserting that around 115 ultras are active in south Kashmir, a top Army official on Friday reiterated that local militants, who are ready to shun violence and join mainstream will be given every possible assistance.
“Around 115 militants are active in south Kashmir. Of them, 99 are local and the rest 16 are foreigners,” General Officer Commanding (GOC) Victor Force Major General BS Raju told reporters in south Kashmir.
He said in the last six months security forces have killed 80 militants, including top commanders, in various encounters.
The Maj Gen said that security forces are fully capable to meet any challenge and neutralise militants. However, he appealed youth not to join militant ranks.
Maj Gen Raju also appealed to local militants to shun violence and join mainstream. “Every assistance will be given to rehabilitate the militants who want to surrender and lead a normal life,” he added.
The appeal by Maj Gen Raju comes a day after two Army jawans and a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant were killed in an encounter in Pulwama, where two more ultras, who were trapped, managed to escape under the cover of darkness.