NEW DELHI: Amid the recent spate in ceasefire violations and terror strikes this year, security forces neutralised 67 terrorists in the Valley, government sources said. In 2014, the forces had neutralised 110 terrorists operating in Jammu and Kashmir.
The separatist leaders, whose proposed meetings with Pakistan National Security Adviser (NSA) Sartaj Aziz in the national capital led to the cancellation of Indo-Pak NSA-level talks on Saturday night, have held India responsible for the calling-off of dialogue while J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has expressed hope that the break will be temporary.
Although, the number of terrorist incidents in the first half of 2015 decreased by almost 26 per cent as compared to the corresponding period in 2014, the increase in fatalities of security forces personnel remains a major concern.
A Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) note pointed out increase in fatalities of jawans by 46 per cent in first six months of 2015 as compared to the corresponding period in 2014.
However, the casualties of civilians in 2015 have been decreased by 38 per cent in comparison to corresponding period last year.
In August first week, two BSF personnel were killed when LeT terrorists attacked their convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway near Samroli in Udhampur District.
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“There were a spurt in attacks during May 15 to June 1, 2015 on elements of the telecom infrastructure, including franchisees, logistic suppliers as well as tower site owners, accompanied by threats aimed at disrupting the communication infrastructure in the state,” an MHA note said.
The note added that local elements affiliated to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen launched this campaign in response to steps taken by the J&K police and other security agencies to disturb their communication set up.
In the aftermath of Udhampur attack, security forces had launched massive manhunt to flush terrorists from their hideouts in South Kashmir.
On August 11, security agencies killed two LeT terrorists Showkat and Gulzar in Ratnipora area of Pulwama.
Sources confirmed increase in the intensity of infiltration attempts by terrorists from across the LoC and International Border.
On unprovoked firing and shelling by Pakistan forces, sources said India would be giving befitting reply.
“Various steps have been taken to intensify our response. Recently we foiled an infiltration bid in Keran sector in which two terrorists were killed,” they added.
3 Ultras Killed in Gunfight
Srinagar: Hours after the cancellation of NSA-level talks by Pakistan, security forces killed three suspected LeT militants in Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. “Acting on specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in Krumhura near Rainwari forest of Handwara in the border district of Kupwara, a joint combing operation was launched by Rashtriya Rifles and police,” defence spokesman here Colonel N N Joshi said.