Nearly 60 terrorists trained in Pakistan have sneaked into border districts of Poonch and Rajouri recently, a senior Jammu and Kashmir police officer said on Sunday.
"Infiltration is going on. It has increased. As per rough estimates, around 60 terrorists have infiltrated into Poonch and Rajouri recently," Inspector General of Police (Jammu Range), SP Vaid, told reporters in Jammu on Sunday.
He said police assisted by Army and paramilitary forces are determined to scuttle their plans to escalate violence in Jammu.
In reply to questions, he said 40 terrorists were killed during the past six months by police and security forces in Doda district of Jammu region alone.
Sixteen terrorists were nabbed while 28 gave themselves up, he said adding these include nine youth who were rescued as they were being led to Pakistan occupied Kashmir for arms training.
He said 46 AK rifles and 138-kg RDX were recovered from the arrested and killed terrorists and their hideouts in Doda.
Replying to a question about Kulhand massacre when 19 innocent people were brutally killed by terrorists on May 1, the IGP said LeT terrorists were responsible for the heinous crime. They have been identified and include two foreigners.
He said a terrorist of the outfit Khursheed Ahmad has been arrested in this connection and chargesheeted in the court.
Since the remaining terrorists are hardcore ultras, meeting with them will take place during encounters, he remarked.
About the arrest of Abdul Hameed in connection with the Mumbai blasts, the IGP said media should not draw conclusions. We have found nothing against him in Jammu. He was arrested against a warrant from the court. Mumbai Police is investigating into his alleged connection with the terrorists.
He said action will be initiated against the six policemen arrested for their alleged links with LeT terrorists. They are still in custody.
Police have also initiated departmental inquiry into the matter and if found guilty they would be removed from service, the IGP said.