Srinagar: Explaining the reason behind the increase in the number of encounters of local militants, Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar on Wednesday said Pakistani militants use local militants at the front in order to attack and escape.
“Definitely. In the recent encounters, local militants were killed and Pakistani militants ran away. They keep local militants at the front and attack from behind them,” IGP Kashmir said.
Speaking on today’s Tral encounter, IGP Kumar said that both Umer Teli and Safat were local militants and operated in Srinagar.
“They had escaped to Tral after carrying out civilian killings and various other incidents. We were tracking them. Both militants have been killed today. They were involved in many civilian killings,” he added.
IGP Kumar said that the patrolling with security forces in remote villages of Kashmir has been increased for the safety and security of the civilians.
“In Pulwama, two non-local labourers who worked there were killed. We identified (the militants involved), and they will be neutralised soon.
In Shopian, there was an attack on a Kashmiri Pandit in a remote village. We have a lead, neutralisation will be done soon. We have increased the security. We have started joint patrolling with security forces in remote villages of Kashmir,” said IGP Kashmir.