We don’t want to kill terrorists: GoC 15 Corps

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SRINAGAR: General officer Commanding of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lieutenant General BS Raju Tuesday said that the armed forces don’t want to kill terrorists and that an opportunity to surrender is given to every terrorist.

In a short video uploaded on the official handle of Chinar Corps (15 Corps), Lt General Raju said that any loss of life is sad. “Six-year-old boy who was killed in Bijbehara (Anantnag) and the recent incident at Sopore where a 65-year-old man was killed, were unfortunate. The picture (showing grandchild of the slain man on the chest of his dead grandfather) elicited emotions,” the army officer said.

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He said that the army has had a string of successful anti-terrorist operations in Kashmir. “The only way for a terrorist to get back is to strike and to engage us in populated areas. That’s what happened in Bijbehara and Sopore as both towns are busy places. In both the incidents, we had CRPF casualties and multiple injuries to (CRPF men) also,” the GoC said.

He said that in Sopore terrorists had used a mosque which is a new phenomenon. “From the mosque, we recovered 60 rounds of empty cases. The initial rounds were used to target CRPF men and the rest of the 50 were obviously fired with an aim to escape. Those 50 rounds caused civilian causality and that’s what exactly happened,” GOC said. “These incidents are exploited by the environment and they provide a solid tool for the propaganda.

“As I said, every loss of life is unfortunate. We don’t even want to kill terrorists, we give them an opportunity to surrender,” the GoC Raju said.