Militancy under control in Kashmir, claims CRPF IG
Security forces have been able to control militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, claimed a senior officer of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
Speaking in Srinagar, CRPF Inspector General Pankaj Kumar Singh said: "It is success of security forces. We had said that there is militancy and militant movement, but due to stepped up activities and vigilance of the security forces, we have been able to control them."
He further stated: "We had said in the later part of 2013 that intelligence input indicates that there will be stepped up militant activity. Accordingly, Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF and security forces took adequate steps, as you can see no major militancy related incidence has taken place in the last two months."
Meanwhile, two militants were killed in a fierce gun battle with security forces in Shopian District on February 13.
The Kashmir region has witnessed numerous militant attacks, insurgency and infiltration attempts from across the border in the last two decades.
Militants have been frequently attacking security bases in Kashmir since the 1990s, when there was a full-blown insurgency against Indian rule in a region over which India and Pakistan fought two of their three wars.
The Himalayan region is one of the world's most militarised zones, with India deploying more than 1.3 million troops to quell the rebellion that triggered off in 1989.
(Posted on 15-02-2014)