Five Srinagar militants active, says IGP

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Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar on Monday said that there are five militants active in Srinagar and they are being tracked while as there is a vast network of Over Ground Workers (OGWs) in the district of which many were arrested while C-category OGWs are being counseled and handed over to their families.

“There were six active militants in Srinagar of which one was recently killed in Kokernag (Anantnag) gunfight. Now there are five local militants still active in Srinagar who would either be killed or apprehended,” IGP Kashmir told reporters at Pantha Chowk, Srinagar as per a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

He said that there is a vast network of OGWs active in Srinagar district of which many have already been arrested and booked under PSA and many are still on the police radar. “There are C-category OGWs who are being counselled and handed over their families,” the IGP said.

Asked whether there were any foreign militants active in Srinagar, he said inputs about the movement of foreign militants continue to pour in but as of now “no foreign militant is permanently active in Srinagar district.”

To a query that IEDs are turning out to be a major challenge for government forces, the Kashmir police chief said that government forces are effectively dealing with the IED threat as evident with the recent seizure of 10-kg IED material in Shopian followed by the detection of another one by the army. “We are aware of the IED threat and are effectively dealing with the same by timely detection,” he said. (KNO)

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