Militant leadership in Kashmir eliminated, 26 commanders killed in seven months: DGP

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Srinagar: Terming the recent gunfights in north Kashmir as big success for government forces,Director-General of Police Dilbagh Singh on Thursday said they have eliminated the militant leadership in Kashmir valley by killing 26 top commanders during the past seven months.

Addressing a presser in Handwara, DGP Dilbagh Singh said that these gunfights in which four top commanders were killed are a major success for security forces and will provide a major relief to local people in the valley.

The DGP was flanked by Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar.

“We have been successful in breaking the leadership structure of militants in Kashmir. 26 topmost commanders were killed during the last seven months in different gunfights across Kashmir valley,” he said.

Regarding the recent gunfights, DGP said, “In Kreeri Baramulla, biggest Lashkar-e-Taiba Commander from North Kashmir Sajad Haider, his Pakistani aide Osman and a local Anyatuallah were killed in a gunfight with government forces,” he said.

“There were two-three groups that were working with LeT which included Naseer, who was killed in Handwara and Sajad Haider, who was killed in Baramulla. Naseer and Haider were working closely in North Kashmir. Nasir was a sharpshooter and a dangerous Militant who was trained in Pakistan. He was involved in the killing of many go forces, which included some CRPF personnel.”

DGP said Naseer was likely to carry out a big strike in north Kashmir after the killing of Sajad alias Hyder.

He also said that forces this year saved sixteen youth from militancy and returned them to their families.

Regarding the probe in an alleged staged encounter in Shopian, he said, “Investigation is going on in the right direction. Police are also carrying out a separate probe in it,” (KNS)

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