‘Operations to continue despite protests’
Srinagar: Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone, Munir Ahmed Khan Tuesday said that every militant active in the Kashmir Valley is their next target.
After the killing of LeT commander Abu Dujana in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, IGP along with Lt Gen J.S. Sandhu, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Army’s 15th Corps addressed reporters and said that “Dujana’s killing is good riddance to a nuisance in the area.”
He said that operations against militants will continue despite disruption and protests. “Whether or not there are protests and disruptions by protesters during our operations against militants, the security forces will continue their operations.”
He said the security forces tried to persuade the holed up militants in Hakripora village in Pulwama district on Tuesday to surrender. The local militant who died with Dujana was identified as Arif Lelhari.
“The head of the family of the house where Dujana and Arif were hiding was used to persuade them to surrender. Perhaps because of the presence of Dujana, Arif, a local militant, could not surrender,” the police officer said.
Khan said all the overground operatives who helped militants to carry out the attack on Amarnath pilgrims on July 10 in which eight people were killed had been arrested.
“They are with us and they are singing. We have also seized vehicles involved in the attack. The case has been cracked. It is now only the militants involved in the attack who are to be neutralized.” (CNS)