102 ultras killed in 7 months; more on hit-list

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Jul 2017 10:27:07


By Anil Bhatt,

JAMMU,

July 14,

(PTI),

SECURITY forces and Jammu and Kashmir Police have killed 102 terrorists till now this year, making it the highest number of killings in the January-July period in seven years, a police official said. The security forces also have prepared a hit-list of several other terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen. The slain terrorists included Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Bashir Lashkari who was involved in the killing of six policemen in south Kashmir and top Hizbul Mujahideen militant Sabzar Ahmad Bhat, he noted. The security forces and police are going after terrorists as part of the operation “hunt down” and on the basis of a “hit-list” of terrorists, said the official.

The killing of 102 terrorists till July 12 makes it the highest number in the past seven years, the official said. Earlier in 2010, the highest number of 156 militants were killed between January and July that year. Last year, 77 terrorists were killed during this period, 51 each were killed in 2015 and 2014, respectively, 43 in 2013, 37 in 2012 and 61 in 2011, according to the police data. The hunt for terrorists of various outfits has been intensified under an operational strategy, the official said. The counter-terrorist grid continues to maintain dominance and deny any space to terrorists, the official said, adding synergised hard Intelligence-based joint operations involving the J&K police and Central paramilitary forces have been the hallmark of these operations.

While the forces have already eliminated those involved the killing of seven cops and lynching of Dy SP, a massive hunt is underway for LeT commander Abu Ismail who has emerged as the mastermind of the deadly attack on Amarnath pilgrims. In June, the Army had released a “hit-list” of 12 top militants in J&K who it aims to “go after”. The hit-list carries the names and pictures of the militants along with the areas they are active in.

The hit-list includes LeT’s so-called ‘divisional commander’ Abu Dujana alias Hafiz, its Kulgam ‘district commander’ Junaid Ahmad Matoo alias Kandroo, Anantnag ‘district commander’ Bashir Wani alias Lashkar, Pulwama ‘district commander’ Showkat Tak alias Huzaifa, Shopian ‘commander’ Wasim Ahmed alias Osama and Zeenat-ul-Islam alias Alkama (LET), according to the police.