With militancy, especially home grown, on rise, security forces have launched a massive operation to flush out the ultras. Nearly 140 militants have been killed so far this year across the Valley, which is highest in the last eight years. The security forces are going after militants as part of operation “hunt down” and on the basis of a “hit list” of militants.
Sources said besides human intelligence, security forces were tracking the movement of militants by keeping the cell phones of militant handlers on surveillance. “Several encounters, especially in southern districts of Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag, were carried out by the security forces after tracking the movement of militants, who were using cell phones. security forces are getting help from national agencies such as National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) in tracking the activities of militants,” they said.
“The technical cells of the Jammu and Kashmir police, which have the capability and permission to track suspected mobile phones in the valley, have also been revived. It has yielded good results,” sources revealed.