Decline in infiltration, terror incidents; 225 terrorists killed in J&K in 2020: Police chief

Jammu and Kashmir has seen a decrease in terrorist incidents, infiltration and civilian killings in 2020, while security forces carried out more than 100 “successful” counter-terrorism operations killing 225 terrorists, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said on Thursday.

Addressing the annual press conference of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Singh said, “We undertook over 100 successful operations in J&K. Ninety operations took place in Kashmir and 13 in Jammu. As many as 225 terrorists were killed — 207 in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu division.”

He said that among the slain terrorists, 47 were top commanders belonging to various outfits. “Today, all top commanders of various outfits have been eliminated,” he added.

The DGP said 16 Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel — 15 in Kashmir and one in Jammu — and 44 security forces jawans — 42 in Kashmir and two in Jammu — were killed while fighting terrorism this year.

Singh said that police and security agencies have cracked down on overground workers (OGWs) of terror outfits, who throw grenades or work as messengers and couriers.

“As many as 635 OGWs were arrested and 56 out of them were booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA),” he said.

During the year, 299 terrorists and their associates were arrested and 12 terrorists surrendered, he said.

The police chief said that 426 weapons, over 9,000 ammunition and magazines, and a huge cache of explosive material were recovered and seized during…

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