‘J&K Govt Raises Bounty on Militants’

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

The J&K government has decided to keep up the pressure on militants by increasing the cash-for-kill incentives, dailymail.co.uk reported.

Quoting sources the report said the Jammu and Kashmir government has increased the reward money for killing A++ militants from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 12.50 lakh. Likewise the reward amount for the A+ category militant has been increased to Rs 7.50 lakh from Rs 5 lakh.

For A-category militants the amount has been increased to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 3 lakh. For B-category militants it has gone up to Rs 3 lakh from Rs 2 lakh, and for the C-category, the cash-for-kill incentive has gone up from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh, the report added. “The reward money is released by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Headquarters to the Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) of the district where a militant is killed; usually within a week after the killing. The SSP then distributes the money to the team which carries out the operation.”

However, sources said the categorizing a militant from A to A+ and from A+ to A++ is a decision taken by the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Sources said the reward money given to the SSPs is always “properly accounted for and an audit also takes place to make sure the money goes to the right people”. The decision to increase the reward, according to sources, was taken during the regime of the previous Peoples Democratic Party and the BJP coalition government, the report adds.

Since January 2015, 38 militants have been killed in four districts of South Kashmir. Most of these militants have been killed inside their hideouts during counter-insurgency operations led by forces.

The “cash-for-kill” incentive for forces had come under strong criticism during the Machil fake encounter case in 2010.

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