There are around 200 militants active in Kashmir Valley at present, with around 110 of them being local youth, inspector general of police (IGP), Kashmir, SJM Gillani said at a press conference in Srinagar on Monday.
He said the law and order situation was under control in north and central Kashmir but the same could not be said about some areas of south Kashmir.
Gillani also revealed that as many as 95 Kashmiri youth joined militancy during the last one year. “There are over 200 militants active in Kashmir. Ninety-five youth joined the militant ranks in the past year,” he said.
The IGP said frequent uploading of videos on social media by militants was “psychological warfare” and blocking social media sites was one of the steps to check it. He added that anti-insurgency operations in Kashmir were continuing on a day-to-day basis and the fear of dealing with a violent crowd has not stopped security forces from taking action against militants.
Students’ protests under control
Speaking on the recent students’ protests that rocked Kashmir in the past few weeks, he said such demonstrations were under control and normal work had resumed in most school and colleges. Gillani added that while investigating a protest in north Kashmir’s Handwara area on Saturday, police found evidence that some students were paid and instigated to disrupt normal life.
“There were 28 incidents of students indulging in lawlessness. We are trying to counsel them and their parents so their careers are not spoilt,” he said.
LeT, Hizbul behind bank robberies
On the recent spate of bank robberies in the Valley, the IGP said militants of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen were behind the acts. He said the militants had been identified by checking the CCTV footage and interrogating eyewitnesses. One of them known as Abu Ali was killed in a recent encounter. Gillani also addressed the issue of killing of political workers, saying a lawyer, working as an over-ground worker for a militant outfit, was arrested for the murder of PDP leader Abdul Gani Dar.
Will review ban on social media
On the social media ban imposed by the government, Gillani said the impact of the ban will be assessed at the end of the one-month period. “After the one-month period, the ban on social media will be reviewed,” he said. The government had imposed a ban on 22 websites and social media applications last month. (With PTI inputs)
“There are over 200 militants active in Kashmir. 95 youth have joined the militant ranks in the past year,” inspector general of police (Kashmir) SJM Gillani told reporters in Srinagar.
He said while 110 militants are locals, others are from outside India.
On the social media ban imposed by the government, Gillani said the impact of the ban will be assessed at the end of the one-month period.
“After the one-month period (is over), the ban on social media will be reviewed,” he said.
The state government imposed a ban on 22 websites and social media applications last month as it believed that these platforms were being misused by inimical elements to stoke trouble in Kashmir.