Violence increases in Kashmir during amzan, 62 killed

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Srinagar, Oct 7 (UNI) The first three weeks of the holy fasting month of Ramzan witnessed a sudden spurt in violence in the Kashmir valley in which 62 people, including ten security force personnel and 46 militants, mostly Pakistani infiltrators, were killed.

However, the last four days alone witnessed the killing of 21 militants and six soldiers, including two Majors and a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO).

Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor refused to relate the sudden increase in militant violence in the Kashmir valley with the prevailing political situation in Pakistan.

He said, militants always try to increase the level of violence to show their presence.

Official sources said most of the militants killed during the period were well trained, given the job to blow up railway tracks, increase level of violence by attacking security forces and other VIPs in the Kashmir valley.

Official records said 46 militants, including nine belonging to Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) and six infiltrators, were killed by the security forces in different search operations.

Sources said the nine militants killed in Tangmarg encounter in north Kashmir were all foreigners, who had recently infiltrated into this side from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (POK).

All the militants were well-trained, tasked to damage railway track, documents recovered from the slain militants revealed. Two senior Army officers Major K P Vinay and Major D R Raman also lost their lives and four other soldiers were wounded.

General Kapoor lauded the troops who took part in the encounter and said he salute them for their bravery and commitment to duty.

As disclosed by the militants, who surrendered after their return from PoK in the recent past, the Kashmiris are not being trusted anymore in camps across the border, the slain militants were directed not to trust locals and keep away from them.

Official sources said more than 1500 militants are waiting across the border at different launching pads to sneak into this side before the infiltrating routes are closed due to snowfall.

They said past two weeks witnessed increase in the infiltration attempts from PoK as militants wanted to cross over to this side before snowfall. However, troops guarding the border have already intensified night and foot patrolling all along the LoC to thwart any such attempt, they said.

UNI

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