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Five militants still active in Srinagar: IGP Kashmir

Vast network of OGWs in Sgr many arrested, booked under PAS, many on police radar, C-category OGWs being counselled handed over to families after counselling, effectively countering IED challenge in Kashmir, No foreign militant permanently active in Sgr

Srinagar, May 17, 2021: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar Monday said that there are five militants active in Srinagar who are being tracked while as there is a vast network of Over Ground Workers (OGWs) in the district of which many were arrested while C-category OGWs are being counselled and handed over to their families.

“There were six active militants in Srinagar of which one was recently killed in Kokernag (Anantnag) gunfight. Now there are five local militants still active in Srinagar who would either be killed or apprehended,” IGP Kashmir told reporters at Pantha Chowk, Srinagar as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO).

He said that there is a vast network of OGWs active in Srinagar district of which many have already been arrested and booked under PSA and many are still on the police radar. “There are C-category OGWs who are being counselled and handed over their families,” the IGP said.

Asked whether there was any foreign militant active in Srinagar, he said inputs about the movement of foreign militants continues to pour in but as of now “no foreign militant is permanently active in Srinagar district.”

To a query that IEDs are turning out to be a major challenge for security forces, the Kashmir police chief said that security forces are effectively dealing with the IED threat as evident with the recent seizure of 10-kg IED material in Shopian followed by the detection of another IED by the army. “We are aware of the IED threat and are effectively dealing with the same by timely detection,” he said—(KNO)

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