RAJOURI — The Director General of Police (DGP) in Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbag Singh, on Tuesday said 57 youth went to Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) on valid visas and documents but joined militancy, adding that 17 of them returned along with weapons to get killed in gunfights with government forces, while another 13 are still active on this side of the Line of Control (LoC) and 17 are still living across and are under the constant watch of the J&K Police.
Addressing a press conference at Rajouri, DGP Singh said that in 2017 and 2018, 57 youth crossed over to the other side of the LoC on valid documents and visas.
“But instead of studying there, they joined militancy. Of the 57 youth, 17 crossed over to this side and were killed in various encounters. Almost 13 are still active in Kashmir while 17 continue to remain on the other side, who are under the constant watch of the J&K police,” he said.
The DGP said that because youth who visit the other side of Kashmir on the pretext of studies and tourism later end up joining militants, the visa procedure and security clearance for the same has been made more strict.
About the cross-LoC infiltration, he said, so far, three to four groups including one in Bandipora and around three in Rajouri-Poonch sector infiltrated into this side. “Four militants who were killed in Bandipora had crossed over to this side through Machil and Gurez sectors while in Rajouri, two militants were killed recently and there are apprehensions of the presence of two more in the woods of Thanamandi area of Rajouri,” the DGP said.
He said launch-pads across the LoC are full while the government forces have strengthened the anti-infiltration grid both at the LoC and hinterland to foil all bids. The DGP while replying to a query about the recent drone attack on the Air Force Station Jammu said that it is amply clear that the payloads were dropped by the drones sent from across. “Investigations have proved that drones were sent by Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad outfits,” he said, adding that security agencies have strengthened a three-tier grid — on the hinterland, at the LoC and also on the highways to foil new trends including drone threat being used by militants.
“Fifty per cent of the attempts made by drones to drop IEDs, weapons, narcotics and money have been foiled. All the security agencies are working together to foil any further bid from across,” he said.
Asked about the over-ground workers’ (OGW) network in Jammu region, he said that the entire network was busted and whenever there is any new attempt, that is foiled by the police and other forces. “We have also blocked the channels of funding for fomenting trouble and financing militancy in the Jammu region. Efforts are on to plug all other channels aimed at providing financial support to militants,” he said, adding that in the past two days, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided 56 locations in connection with the Jamaat-e-Islami funding case.
The DGP said that launch-pads across the LoC are active again and 250 to 300 militants are waiting to sneak into this side.
Meanwhile, a police spokesman in a statement said that DGP Singh visited Rajouri and Jammu to review the internal and border security arrangements in the two districts during two separate meetings.
“At Jammu, the DGP also reviewed arrangements for the forthcoming Independence Day,” the spokesman said.
“The DGP, while addressing the joint review meeting at Rajouri, stressed upon the officers to ensure high alertness in the border areas and hinterland to check any infiltration attempt. He appreciated the J&K Police personnel and security forces for neutralizing two militants in Thanamandi and added that our efforts would continue to track down the anti-peace elements. He directed the officers to remain extra alert as terror outfits are continuously trying to use drones for militant activities,” the police spokesman said.