SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) R R Swain Sunday said that revealing the number of militants would amount to a breach of “operational secrecy” even as only two militants are enough to carry out a “big strike.”

Talking to reporters after visiting the family of slain police constable Bodh Raj, a resident of Bakha Chak Samba, DGP Swain said that it is not permissible to reveal the number of active militants in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The number of terrorists active is part of the operational secrecy of police and other forces. It is not advisable to reveal the number as just two terrorists can carry out a big strike,” he said, adding that a challenge is being tried to impose on the police and other forces in J&K. “As I have stated already, this challenge (terrorism) is not going to overwhelm us,” he said.

The DGP said that J&K being a border (State/UT) will face challenges. “We are not Madhya Pradesh,” he said, adding that strategy with the active support of the people will help defeat all nefarious designs hatched across the border.

Replying to a query, the DGP said that in Samba district, earlier, there was a challenge of tunnels and now drones continue to be a fresh challenge. “Those who receive consignments from drones like money, weapons and narcotics will be booked under tough laws. Those people are the real enemies of the nation and need to be dealt with strictly,” the DGP said.

He said that with the help of strong intelligence, people’s support, area domination and timely action, police and other forces will ensure drone challenges are countered effectively so  that “enemy stops sending drones to this part.”

Meanwhile, recalling the quality of the head and heart of the martyr Bodh Raj, the DGP said that the brave heart was one of the important members of his team. While interacting with the sons of the fallen hero, DGP Swain impressed upon them to work with dedication and honesty and added that the Jammu and Kashmir Police as an institution is always at their beck and call. He impressed upon them to grab any opportunity which comes their way and also advised them to explore possibilities of self-employment and employment in the private sector as well.


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