Eight terrorists captured alive in encounters this year in Kashmir: IGP Kumar

IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar (File photo)

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): This year so far, 8 terrorists have surrendered in live encounters across Kashmir of which five surrenders have taken place in the ensuing month of October alone, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar said.

Speaking to reporters in Srinagar, the IGP said that one good thing has happened this year that terrorists have surrendered during live encounters as well.

“This year so far eight surrenders took place in live encounters in the valley of which five terrorists have surrendered in the month of October alone,” the IGP said, and termed it as a “welcome development.”

He reiterated his appeal to the new militant recruits to return and join the mainstream.

Responding to a query about encounters that are taking place in Srinagar and city outskirts, he said it was because of the smooth flow of intelligence inputs and other technical information that Srinagar police comes to know about the terrorist movement in the city. “Police have a good network in the city,” the IGP added.

Speaking about today’s encounter at Mouchwa area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam, the IGP said that acting on a specific input, Srinagar police, Budgam police, Army and the CRPF laid a siege in Mouchwa area and during the search, terrorists fired at the forces triggering a gunbattle yesterday evening.

“Today morning two terrorists including a Pakistani terrorist Ilyas were killed. Second slain has been identified as Javaid Ahmed from Pulwama,” he said.

The IGP said that the role of Illyas in highway attacks can’t be ruled out and that police are investigating their involvement.

“We gave full opportunity to terrorists who were trapped at Mouchwa to surrender.  However, they refused. We give ample time to local boys who get trapped in encounters to lay their weapons,” Kumar further stated.

“I once again appeal to parents to urge their youth who have joined militant ranks to return back to the mainstream and live a dignified life with their families,” the IGP said.

-CHK