Kashmir to be terrorist free soon: 135 killed, 65 to go
The number of terrorists killed in Kashmir this year alone is 135. As per data available there are now, 65 terrorists remaining in the Valley and the Army says that the rest will be cleaned up before the winter sets in.
According to statistics available out of the 135 terrorists killed, 38 were from the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, 37 from the Hizbul Mujahideen and the rest from unidentified groups which includes the Zakir Musa faction.
What is impressive is that in this list of 135 there were at least 10 terrorists who were in the top ranks. These terrorists were either commanders or ranked A++ by the Indian Army and the Intelligence Bureau. The list includes top terrorists such as Bashir Lashkari, Abu Dujana among others.
For the Indian Army which has been given a free hand by the government to operate in the Valley, it was one of the most successful years. There were around 75 recruitments conducted this year. However the Army managed to gun down 135 of them.
In the year 2016 following the death of Burhan Wani, there was a surge in the number of recruitments. The surge was reported among local militants who joined the ranks of the Hizbul Mujahideen. While in 2016 there were around 200 terrorists recruited, in the year 2017 it was only 75.
The forces attribute the success to both the Intelligence Bureau and the local police.
Further more, the NIA probe into the Hurriyat terror funding case has added to the success rate. The money flowing in has almost come to nil and this has aided in reduction of violence and terror recruitments. The Army which launched Operation Clean Up says that it will wipe out terrorism before the winter sets in.