Srinagar-based Chinar Corps, Lt Gen J S Sandhu while speaking at a joint press conference said that government forces have killed 190 militants across Kashmir this year and these killings have brough remarkable changes in Valley.
The presser was addressed at Badami Bagh cantonment of Srinagar and Inspector General of J&K police Muneer Khan and GoC of south Kashmir based Victor Force B S Raju were also present.
Sandhu said security forces have decimated LeT's Hajin group.
"Out of these 190, 80 terrorists are local and the remaining 110 were foreign terrorists", he said.
"Today when I take stock what we are finding is that we have killed 190 terrorists as on date", Sandhu said.
"Local terrorists should have the wisdom to realise you are not the proxy of Pakistan", said Sandhu while asking them to work towards peace in the Kashmir Valley.
The DGP, SP Vaid, stressed that the Kashmir valley needs to be freed from terror and drugs.
Sources said the encounter broke out in Chandergair village of Hajin, 32 km from here, after a joint team of Army's 13-Rashtriya Rifles, special operations group (SOG) of J&K police and 45 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a cordon-and-search-operation following specific inputs about the presence of a group of heavily-armed militants. Police said that Mehmood was involved in the killing of BSF personnel in Hajin last month. Good information started pouring in.
Representational image. A search operation resulted in an encounter in Bandipora district when the militants hiding there fired on the search party of the security forces, who retaliated.
Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said six militants, including LeT commander Mahmood Bhai, were killed in the gunfight. Subsequently, the militants had received. "There will be no harassment and they will get help more than their expectations", Hassan said. "We had inducted special forces in the area and police, CRPF and army men worked together and brought law and order in the area under control", the GoC said while adding that Chandergeer, yesterday's encounter venue, was under the radar of security forces.
Lt Gen Sandhu said that under the ongoing Operation All Out, the Pakistani militants were being eliminated but efforts were being made to persuade the local militants to surrender. "We are hopeful of restoring peace in Kashmir as soon as possible", he said.
"Our concern is to eliminate militancy and give a chance to locals to return to the mainstream", he said. "We have opened helpline numbers so that contact can be established with us by those who want to come back". "We are getting feelers in this regard from various places, but we have also understood that that some youth do not know how to return", the DGP Vaid said.