With the killings of two militants at North Kashmir’s Kupwara on Tuesday, the Indian forces have completed their double century in ongoing crack down against the terrorists and separatists. Since the crackdown was launched a few months back with the imposition of Governor’s rule in the state, forces have gunned down 200 militants including the two of yesterday.
Most of these slain militants belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) an organization founded by UN designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed. The most number of killings, 109, took place at South Kashmir while the Southern region witnessed encounter of 45 of them. Among the major operations was the killing of Abu Mateen and Abu Hamaas in March 2018, which was followed by that of Sameer Ahmad Bhat alias Sameer Tiger in Shopian on April 1.
Over the next few months, top militant commanders like Saddam Paddar, Abu Qasim and Abu Maviya were killed in May, June and July respectively. Last month witnessed the deaths of 27 militants, which included Mannan Wani, Mehrajudin Bangroo and Sabzar Ahmad Sofi. In addition, 50 terrorists were apprehended while five terrorists surrendered before the forces.
Last year the figure was 200 as on November 30.
The forces adopted several measures such as tighter security arrangements for the highly sensitive Amarnath Yatra, a cessation in the operations during the Holy month of Ramadan. The Army had also appealed to the militants and their families to ask them to give up guns and return to the mainstream.