Published On: Wed, Oct 23rd, 2019

Terror outfit Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind wiped out from Kashmir: J&K DGP

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh on Wednesday said the Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind terror outfit has been completely wiped out from Kashmir with the killing of three terrorists, including the terror group’s top commander Hamid Lelhari in an encounter in Awantipora on Tuesday.

We want boys who are treading the wrong path to shun violence and return to normal life

“Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind has been wiped out,” Dilbagh Singh said in a press conference in Srinagar.

He said after Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Musa was killed, command was given to Hamid Lelhari. He had motivated Naveed and Junaid of Pulwama to join him. The outfit had been coordinating with Pakistan-based terror outfits Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

“Lelhari was active since 2016. He was involved in attack at Kakapora. He was also involved in the killing of policeman Fayaz Ahmed and civilians. He was also involved in harassing people at Awantipora and Pulwama,” Singh said.

All the three Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind terrorists killed were Kashmiris. The second terrorst killed was identified Naveed. Junaid, the third killed had his terrorist brother also killed in an encounter earlier.

“We feel sorry that two of them were from the same family and on the wrong path,” Dilbagh Singh said.

He said after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, lesser number of local boys have becomes terrorists as compared to earlier. He said five to six boys are missing during this time, “Maybe they are missing due to some other reasons and not militancy,” Dilbagh Singh said.

“We want boys who are treading the wrong path to shun violence and return to normal life. Guns won’t help,” the police chief said.

He said a sizeable number of terrorists have infiltrated after August 5. Many attempts have been foiled at Keran, Machil and Uri sectors.

About detained youngsters, the DGP said a lot of misinformation is being circulated by vested interests. He said detentions have been made on solid grounds.

“Four out of five people detained have been released. We are not fond of keeping people detained unnecessarily,” Singh said. “After verification and counselling detained boys were set free. They have not created any issues after release.

“Juveniles arrested or detained in some instances where age is doubtful were referred to juvenile justice board”.

About reopening of schools and colleges in Kashmir he said exams are in the interest of the students. “We will support where ever necessary. We will create a general security environment. Quitting school is not an option,” Dilbagh Singh said. “We appeal to kids to come and sit in exams.”

Dilbagh Singh said Pakistan has openly said that Pulwama-like attacks will happen, but “we will not allow that. We are vigilant”.

He said security has been alerted for the upcoming block development elections on October 24 and hoped the same would be conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.

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