Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh today declared Baramulla, as the first terrorist-free district in the Kashmir valley. His declaration came after security forces killing three terrorists yesterday in an encounter.
He said that yesterday’s operation makes it the first district of Kashmir with no surviving militant, as on date. It may be recalled that three terrorists – affiliated with proscribed outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and identified as Suhaib Farooq Akhoon, Mohsin Mushtaq Bhat and Nasir Ahmad Darzi – were neutralised during an encounter in Binner area of Baramulla. T
hey were involved in several militancy-related cases in north Kashmir. Situated on the bank of Jhelum river downstream from Srinagar, Baramulla district has been the hotbed for terrorist activities.
In 2018, encounters between security forces and terrorists were witnessed in 12 of the 22 districts of Jammu and Kashmir with Kupwara accounting for the highest number of terrorists (52) killed in such encounters.
Out of the total 256 militants killed in 2018, south Kashmir recorded the highest number of killings (127 terrorists) followed by north Kashmir (93 terrorists) and central Kashmir (24 terrorists). Nine terrorists were killed in Jammu region last year. Shopian, considered the hub of terrorists in the Valley, saw the killing of 43 terrorists, he added.