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Doda killings indication of militants frustration: Jaiswal

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New Delhi, May 2 (UNI) Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal today termed the terrorist attacks in Doda and Udhampur an indication of militants' frustration and said that Indian defence and paramilitary forces were capable of dealing with the terrorists.

Mr Jaiswal said here common people of Jammu and Kashmir have started distancing themselves from the violent incidents perpetrated by terrorists and are integrating into the national mainstream.

Heavy turnout of voters in recent by-elections is an indication of this changing scenario while the Hurriyet Conference has shown its willingness for talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

''All these developments have become an issue of concern for the terrorists, who in their frustration have performed dastardly acts of killing inocent people,'' Mr Jaiswal said.

He said the net result of these incidents would be such that the people who are already alienated from the militants would some day launch a forum to fight the terrorists.

Moreover, our Army and paramilitary forces are quite capable in dealing with the militants, he said.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Shivraj Patil accompanied with home secretary V K Duggal have gone to Jammu this morning to review the security situation in the area following killing of 35 civilians in two separate terrorist attacks in the region. Mr Patil is expected to return this evening.

Asked about the developments in the Jama Masjid blast case, Mr Jaiswal said the inquiry is on and soon the culprits would be apprehended.

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