Nearly sixty foreign terrorists are among 243 terrorists operating in Kashmir valley where “Operation All Out” is in full swing to wipe them out to tackle terrorism in the valley.
In less than six months, 75 young men including some highly educated have joined terrorism in Kashmir valley, thereby raising concerns due to an unusual surge in such persons taking up guns.
Police and security forces are to intensify their “outreach programme” to persuade local terrorists through their families to lay down weapons and join the mainstream.
“As many as 243 terrorists are operating in Kashmir valley and of these, 59 militants are foreigners”, a senior Police officer told PTI quoting official statistics.
Besides, 15 terrorists are operating in Jammu region, it said, adding a total of 188 locals and 70 foreign terrorists are operating in the entire Jammu and Kashmir.
Operations against terrorists in J&K would be intensified in the days to come as extremist activities increased during Ramzan when counter-militancy operations were stopped, state police chief S P Vaid said last Tuesday.
“Operations will continue. Only thing was in between, during this (ceasefire) period, the operations were stopped. They were going on earlier also, but we will intensify these operations in the days to come. And it would be, I think, much easier to work,” he said in Jammu when asked if Governor’s rule would make any difference to the security apparatus of the state in counter-terrorism operations.
SP Vaid said the terrorist activities increased during the period of Ramzan ceasefire.