New Delhi:  The Indian security forces have registered big successes since January. According to ANI, which quoted Army sources, in the first 70 days of 2019, the security forces have been successful in eliminating 44 terrorists, mainly from Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). (Also read: Two Militants Gunned Down, Five Security Personnel Martyred in Encounter)

Against 1,629 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control in 2018, this year 478 ceasefire violations have taken place along the LoC already. The Commander of Chinar Corps, KJS Dhillon said, “In the last 21 days, we have eliminated 18 terrorists. Out of those, 14 were from JeM. Six out of 14 were the main commanders. JeM’s second commander Mudasir, the main conspirator in the national highway convoy attack, has also been eliminated.

Only yesterday, three terrorists, including the mastermind of Pulwama terror attack Mudasir Ahmed Khan alias ‘Mohd Bhai’, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Tral town of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Khan has been identified as the ‘brain’ behind the Pulwama terror strike that left 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel martyred on February 14.

Khan, an electrician with a graduate degree, arranged the vehicle and explosives used in the terror strike. A resident of Mir Mohalla of Tral, Khan joined the JeM sometime in 2017 as an overground worker and was later drawn into the terror outfit by Noor Mohammed Tantrey, alias ‘Noor Trali’, who is believed to have helped the terror group’s revival in the Kashmir Valley.

A huge cache of arms and ammunition were also recovered from the possession of slain terrorists. If reports are to be believed, the house in which the militants were hiding was destroyed in the operation by the security forces.