JAMMU: General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 16 Corps, Lt Gen R K Karwal has said that leadership of the Jihadi groups has almost been wiped out in the region and the groups operating on this side of the Pir Panjal range were running directionless. Addressing a press conference at Corps headquarters, Nagrota near here, the GOC said that top leadership of the groups has nearly been neutralised and the morale of various armed organisations was sagging after severe leadership crisis. They were apparently running directionless and the emerging elements of frustration could be noticed from various intercepts received by the security agencies recently.
“It could be possible with the relentless and well targeted operations of the security forces which managed to eliminate 120 militants including 42 leaders last year while 33 ultras including 14 of them militant leaders this year. Lack of local support, fast decreasing number of foreign militants are the other reasons,” Gen Karwal maintained.
Referring to the present status of armed groups in the south of Pir Panjal, the GOC said that near 478 to nearly 490 fighters were operating in the region last year while its number has now gone down to nearly 386. Out of the total hardly 10 % of them are foreigners. He claimed that infiltration has witnessed sharp decline but the infiltration attempts were going on and the troops have foiled many such bids of the ultras along the Line of Control. But it is certain that infiltration has gone to nearly zero level.
Responding to a question, the GoC alleged that Pakistani security agencies were facilitating militants to infiltrate into Indian territory from the existing terrorist training camps across the Line of Control (LoC).” Like this side, Pakistani forces are also guarding the LoC and it is not possible for militants to infiltrate without the support of the security agencies on the other side.”-SANA