Anti-militancy operations will be further intensified in Jammu and Kashmir with security forces being instructed to eliminate those who continue to indulge in violence in the state, officials said. The directive was given on Wednesday after a review of the security situation in the state during a high-level meeting in the wake of recent episodes of violence in the Kashmir Valley where several security personnel were killed by militants.
The meeting, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and attended by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and top officials of ministries of home and defence, gave instructions to security forces to take action against the militants, a home ministry official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
The operations against the militants will continue even though the central government has appointed a special representative–Dineshwar Sharma–to initiate talks with all stakeholders in an effort to bring a lasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir, the official said. Security forces have stepped up offensive against militants operating in the Valley. Director General of Police of Jammu and Kashmir S P Vaid had recently said around 170 militants were gunned down by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir this year.
Two Army soldiers were killed and a CRPF jawan suffered injuries in an encounter in Pulwama district of the state on November 2. Three militants were gunned down in Pulwama in an encounter in which an Army jawan was also killed on November 6. Three militants, including Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s nephew, were gunned down by security forces Pulwama district on November 7.
On November 9, militants shot at and injured a policeman in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. Militants also attacked two police vehicles in separate incidents at Qazigund and Anantnag on November 10. An Army jawan and a militant were killed in an encounter in Kulgam district yesterday.