New Delhi: In a stern warning to the youth joining militancy in and Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army on Tuesday said that anyone who up a gun in the Valley will be eliminated.
In a joint press conference by the Army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police, Jeet Singh Dhillon, Corps Commander of Chinar Corps, Indian Army, urged mothers of local terrorists in the Valley to surrender or else the Army will be compelled to take action against them.
“In a Kashmiri society, mother has great role to play. Through you, I would request the mothers of Kashmir to please request their sons who’ve joined terrorism to surrender and get back to mainstream. Anyone who has picked up gun will be killed and eliminated, unless he surrenders,” he said.
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The Army also said that those who try to infiltrate into the Indian soil from across the border will not be sent back alive. “Our focus is clear on counter-terrorism operations. We are very clear that anyone who enters Kashmir Valley will not go back alive,” said Dhillon.
The Army commander said that Pakistan’s main spy agency, the Intel-Services Intelligence (ISI), was involved in last week’s attack on a CRPF convoy claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed.
“Jaish-e-Mohammed a child of Pakistan Army, it is being controlled by ISI and Pak Army. So, there is 100 per cent involvement of Pak Army in Pulwama terror attack,” said Dhillon.
He further said that the Jaish leadership in the Valley has been eliminated within 100 hours of the February 14 terror attack, which claimed lives of 40 CRPF jawans.
“I would like to inform that in less than 100 hours of Pulwama terrorist attack, we eliminated have JeM leadership in the valley which was being handled by JeM from Pakistan,” said Dhillon.
According to Dhillon, security forces had been tracking the top leadership of the JeM since the February 14 bombing in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
“We have eliminated the top commander who carried out the Pulwama attack,” Dhillon said.
On Monday, three JeM terrorists were killed in a 16-hour encounter in Pinglan in Pulwama district, about 12 km from the site of the February 14 attack. An Army major and five others were also killed.
Two of the slain terrorists were identified as Kamran and Abdul Rasheed alias Ghazi, the so-called divisional commanders of Jaish-e-Mohammed for Pulwama, Tral and Awantipora areas of South Kashmir. The third one was Hilal, a resident of Pinglena in Pulwama.
The Jaish claimed responsibility for the February 14 terror attack that targeted a convoy of 78 vehicles on its way from Jammu to Srinagar. About 2,500 CRPF personnel were on their way to the valley, many returning to work after leave.