Red alert in J&K as terror returns with targeted killings by Pak-based militants

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Security personnel take positions at an encounter site in the Bhatadurian area, in Poonch on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh alleges that “selective dementia” happens to the “silent majority” after civilian killings have increased in the Valley

Our Bureau
Jammu/Srinagar

Kulgam police on Wednesday neutralized two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists that were part of a group involved in the recent civilian killings of two non-locals at Wanpoh area of Kulgam. As per an official statement, acting on a specific input generated by Kulgam Police regarding movements of terrorists on the Devsar-Sopat axis, Police along with Army and CRPF established a special checkpoint. “During the checking of vehicles, a suspicious vehicle was signaled to stop, however, the occupants of the vehicle resorted to indiscriminate firing on the joint party. The alert joint party retaliated the fire effectively leading to an encounter”, read the release.

In the ensuing encounter, two terrorists of proscribed outfit LeT were neutralized. They have been identified as Gulzar Ahmad Reshi (District Commander LeT) resident of Gufbal Qaimoh and Imran Wani resident of Redwani Qaimoh Kulgam.

“As per police records, both the killed terrorists were part of a group involved in several terror crime cases and civilian atrocities. They were also involved in the recent civilian killings of two poor laborers Raja Reshi Dev and Joginder Reshi Dev of Araria, Bihar on October 17 at Wanpoh area of Kulgam,” stated the release.


It further stated that incriminating materials, arms, and ammunition including 01 AK series rifle and a pistol were also recovered from their possession. All the recovered materials have been taken case records for further investigation.

The police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and further investigation is in progress, said the police.

Security personnel passing through a check post near an encounter site at Bhimber Gali, in Poonch on Thursday (ANI)

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday strongly condemned the recent killing of civilians in Jammu and Kashmir and said that security forces should catch hold of 1-2 people to know modus operandi behind terrorism and increase in killings in UT so that security forces can find a solution.


Speaking to the media here in Srinagar, Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “During the past 30 years, terrorists have adopted different tactics of killing people. Unless police and agencies catch hold of 1-2 people to know modus operandi so that security forces can find a solution. It should be done soon.” On the controversial statement by some Congress leaders that attacks in Kashmir increase around polls, party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad made it clear that there have been phases but it does not mean that particular leader or the system was in favor of killings or terrorism.

But, launching a veiled attack on the top leaders of Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh alleged that “selective dementia” happens to the “silent majority” after civilian killings have increased in the Valley.


People who have travelled abroad know how airport checks happen &…being called a ‘Pakistani’ in the Western world is abuse. Do you want to become a society like that? Do you want when someone calls you Kashmiri, it’s an offence? said Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Col, Rajputana Rifles in Srinagar. Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh pointed out that terrorism started in Kashmir around the 1990s when globalization came into India and the world. He said Kashmir lost the opportunity to develop and flourish.


Speaking at an event, Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh said, “In any conflict or any disagreement or in any area, where ideas do not match, there is the percentage of the population which is acted against and another percentage which acts against the population. They are in single digit. A single-digit population are prosecuted. Now the 85-90 per cent so-called silent majority, where are they?”


“Where were they on January 19, 1990? Where were they in 2010? Where were they in 2016? And, where were they in the month of October 2021? They are silent majority; otherwise, they are very loud at times. We condemn them. But where were they in the history of Kashmir? Why does selective dementia (political leaders) happen when there is terrorist killing? If that man or that man or woman is not speaking for this, a Kashmiri should say you have lost the right to speak. You cannot come to a selective date and start speaking,” he stated.


“Who is the loser? Our Kashmiri mother whose child was pushed into madrassa & died within a day, year. The system which came into being after 90s, took her son away either by not educating him or by getting him killed in an encounter,” Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Col, Rajputana Rifles.

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