Army today said that at least 60 militants are active in North Kashmir where an Army operation is going on for past two weeks in Kupwara forests against a group of highly trained Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps, Lt General Satish Dua told reporters on the sidelines of a function in North Kashmir’s Handwara town that there are 50 to 60 militants active in North Kashmir.
It may be mentioned here that security forces killed 56 militants in North Kashmir this year including those who were killed along the Line of Control (LoC) while infiltrating.
Replying to a query about Manigah forests operation that is going on for past 11 days, Lt General Dua said that Army has tightened the noose around the group in the forests after their infiltration.
“This operation is going on for past few days and one of our officers was martyred and one terrorist was also shot dead. They are not able to go out of this area after infiltration”, said the GOC.
Lt General Dua said that Army does not use heavy weaponry during the operations to avoid collateral damage. He said that Army in its operations against militants ensures that there is no collateral damage. “It is why we suffer damages and you see in operations our jawans get injured”, he added.
The Defence spokesman said the event was a testimony to the collaborative spirit of all Government agencies like Army, civil administration, police and other paramilitary forces which came together to provide a holistic package of health care and education on a wide spectrum of socio- economic issues to the people of this region.
On the occasion, eight schools of Handwara region were presented with a computer each to extend and encourage computer literacy among the students of remote areas and to equip the next generation to move forward in their future endeavors the spokesman said. “Over 400 people benefitted from specialist medical treatment and advice,” he added.
Congratulating all agencies involved for the superlative effort in mitigating the problems of the people, the Corps Commander reiterated Army’s commitment towards the betterment of the people of Kashmir.