Night patrolling in Kashmir to prevent killings of ‘soft targets’: IGP Kashmir

SRINAGAR — Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range Vijay Kumar Wednesday said police along with the security forces have started night patrolling in remote villages of Kashmir where non-locals work and Kashmiri Pandits live to prevent militant attacks on soft targets.

Talking to a selected group of reporters here, the IGP Kashmir as per news agency Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that police and the security forces have intensified the night patrolling in remote Kashmir villages where Kashmiri Pandits live and the non-local workforce works.

“This is to prevent militants from attacking soft targets,” the IGP said, adding that in the recent cases of attacks on non-J&K residents in Pulwama and a Kashmiri Pandit in remote village of Shopian, the militants involved in the acts have been identified.

He said that two slain militants killed in the Tral encounter were involved in the killing of a Sarpanch Sameer Ahmed in Khonmoh besides a series of other attacks including grenade throwing etc. “They were operating in Srinagar and had shifted to Tral recently,” the Kashmir police chief said.

He said that since December last year, 66 militants including Jaish-e-Muhammad commanders and militants were killed in various encounters. “Foreign militants are pushing locals forward to keep themselves safe, but we are tracking foreigners too and will either arrest them or kill them in encounters,” he said.

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