Youth joining militancy quite disturbing: GOC 15 Corps

KL Report

SRINAGAR

General Officer Commanding 15 Corps, Lieutenant General Subrata Saha Saturday said that it is disturbing and cause of concern for the Army that more and more youth are joining militancy.

“Any youth joining militancy is disturbing. It is a cause of concern for us and it encourages us to take initiative,” Shah told reporters at a function at Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) Centre here.

Expressing concern over the increasing incident of weapon snatching, Saha said that recently 8 AK-47 rifles were recovered from 4 slain militants which indicate that militants carry these rifles along with them after snatching them from government forces. He said that without the cooperation of common people, situation in Valley can’t improve. “The cooperation between people and Army is a must to bring Valley on the track of normalcy.

Responding to a query about the preparations of Army to ensure peaceful elections, Saha, according to CNS, said that the trends of infiltration are quite similar to what they were in previous years. “Number of infiltrations was foiled and number of intruders has been eliminated and because of the improvement and robustness of counter infiltration posture, we are able to prevent infiltration from happening and that I think is an important factor to ensure secure conditions for people to be able to exercise their franchise during the elections,” he said.

Lieutenant General Subrata Saha added that militants function in a ‘typical way’ of functioning. “Just as snow melting starts, infiltration process starts, then it peaks up to a certain level and once the snowfall is there because of the terrain circumstances it comes down,” he said adding that trend and pattern of infiltration is quite same what was in the past.

Replying to a question about the increase in ceasefire violations, Saha said that proportion of ceasefire is not enormous as it is in the 16th Core. “We are able to deal with it very effectively. Kashmir is witnessing less such incidents as compared to areas like Pir Panjal and other areas in Jammu that fall under the command of 16 Corps,” he said,” he said.

Answering to a question pertaining to the ongoing operation in Tanghdar sector, Saha said that till Saturday evening three militants were neutralized while besides 3 AK 47 rifles, navigation equipment have been recovered so far. “The operation is going on and once concluded, we will come up with all the details,” he said.

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