Only 200 terrorists active in J&K, most terror group leaderless now: DGP Dilbagh Singh

SRINAGAR: After the completion of one year of the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, active militancy is in its lowest phase in the erstwhile state in decades and all terror groups are leaderless due to the continuous anti-terror operations by the security forces as well as the administration.

Dilbag Singh, J&K Director General of Police said that active terrorists in J&K has been around 200 compared to 350 or 400 earlier. “All the terror organisations are leaderless now and those militants who are recruited as leaders of any group by Pakistan-based handlers are caught or killed,” he stated.

“In 2019, a total of 131 militants were killed till July but only 29 were killed from July to December that year as we were busy maintaining law and order, and our operations had declined. In total, we killed 160 militants in 2019 in 67 successful operations and over 5,000 cordon and area search operations,” Singh said. He added that this year, a total of 150 terrorists have been killed till date.

Of these 150 terrorists, 30 were foreign and 120 were locals, including 39 top commanders of all major groups.

The top police cop said that most of terror groups in the Valley are facing a severe crunch of weapons and Pakistan has adopted a new technique of supplying arms and ammunition to them using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). He added that several such incidents have been reported in the recent past.

The DGP called 2018 a ‘landmark’ year compared to 2013, the DGP said that security is ‘much better now than ever before’.