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With Sopore encounter, focus back to OGWs; police say 76 arrested this year | Latest News India

At least 112 terrorists and Over Ground Workers (OGWs) have been arrested in Jammu and Kashmir within the first six months of 2021, in accordance to the police. Of this, OGWs kind a serious chunk with 76 of them arrested.

The highest variety of OGWs has been arrested in Awantipora (17), adopted by Anantnag (12) and Bandipora (12), the police additional mentioned. The statistics present the strain being confronted by these supporters of terrorists who present them with logistical assist, money and shelter.

These OGWs have additionally been concerned in financial institution robberies and killing of civilians, the police mentioned. Most of them have been working for Pakistan-based terror teams, like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which ship their operatives to create mayhem within the valley.

The police launched these particulars on Monday, after the killing of three LeT commanders, together with some of the wished terrorists Mudasir Pandit, in Sopore. These terrorists have been a part of the group concerned in a number of terror-related circumstances, mentioned the police.

The two aides of Pandit – Pakistan nationwide and LeT commander Abdullah alias Asrar and Khurshid Mir – who have been additionally killed, had greater than two dozen circumstances registered in opposition to them.

They have been concerned in killing of two municipal councillors and one police personnel on the municipal office in Sopore in March this year and assault on fruit retailers at Dangerpora in September, 2019, in accordance to the police. Four civilians have been injured within the 2019 assault.

These assaults, which got here after the Centre’s transfer to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its particular standing in August 2019, caught fears within the hearts of apple merchants. The Union territory’s administration had to step in and supply safety to the merchants, and assist them in promoting their produce.

There have been 18 circumstances registered in opposition to Pandit alone, who was the Lashkar commander since June 2019. He was concerned within the killing of 9 safety forces personnel and three native physique (panchayat) members. Pandit additionally used to threaten and intimidate individuals, the Jammu and Kashmir Police mentioned.

Among the opposite two terrorists, 4 FIRs have been registered in opposition to Asrar, a resident of Pakistan. He was concerned in two assaults on safety forces and killings of three cops, the police mentioned. He had been a commander of the LeT since 2018.

Khurshid Mir, the third terrorist eradicated on Monday, carried out two grenade assaults and was concerned within the killing of 5 civilians. There have been six FIRs registered in opposition to him, in accordance to the police.

Director General of Police J&Ok, Dilbagh Singh mentioned on Monday that the operation wasn’t solely an enormous success however an necessary one. He additionally mentioned {that a} “good number” of overseas militants are current within the valley, however are “lying low” and “keeping a distance”.

General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Army’s Kilo Force Major General H S Sahi mentioned this was the second such occasion within the valley in latest occasions the place native militants have been discovered to be accompanied by Pakistani ultras.

“This is a big network nexus that exists, which is a cause of concern. This nexus needs to be broken and destroyed so that there is no hurdle in the peace and development of Jammu and Kashmir,” Major General Sahi mentioned.

The joint operation was launched by the military, Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) after the assault on police in Sopore on June 12, by which two policemen and two civilians have been killed.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police additional mentioned that considering Monday’s gunbattle, as many as 53 terrorists have been killed up to now this year. Out of those, 45 have been native and two foreigners. The police additionally mentioned that 112 terrorists and Over Ground Workers (OGWs) have been arrested within the first six months of 2021.

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