As many as 17 youngsters who joined the militancy after travelling to PoK, have been killed in encounters with security forces, J&K DGP Dilbag Singh said.
File photo of J&K DGP Dilbag Singh | Photo Credits: PTI
- Instead of studying there (PoK), they joined militancy: J&K DGP
- Thirteen of the individuals who joined the militancy are still active in J&K, said DGP Singh
- Visa processes and security clearances for travel to PoK have been made stricter, said UT’s top cop
As many as 57 youngsters travelled to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on valid visas in 2017 and 2018 and later joined the militancy, J&K Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh said. He was addressing a press conference in Rajouri on Tuesday.
DGP Singh added that 17 of these youngsters returned with weapons and were subsequently gunned down in encounters with security forces.
Out of the remaining, thirteen are still active in the Union Territory, while 17 continue to live in PoK and are under the constant watch of the J&K Police and security agencies, added DGP Dilbag Singh.
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DGP Singh, referring to the 57 youngsters, said, “Instead of studying there (PoK), they joined militancy. Of the 57 youths, 17 crossed over to this side and were killed in various encounters.”
“Almost 13 are still active in Kashmir while 17 continue to remain on the other side, who are under the constant watch of J&K police,” he added.
Visa processes and security clearances for travel to PoK have been made stricter owing to the fact that youth who visit Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on the pretext of studies or tourism end up joining the militancy, J&K DGP Dilbag Singh said.
Asked about cross-border infiltration, the Director General of Police said three to four groups, including one in Bandipora and nearly three in the Rajouri-Poonch sector, are believed to have infiltrated Indian Territory in recent times.
“Four militants who were killed in Bandipora had crossed over to this side through Machil and Gurez sectors, while in Rajouri, two militants were killed recently and there are apprehensions of the presence of two more,” DGP Singh said.
Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh also said that terror launch pads operating out of PoK are full and security forces have strengthened the anti-infiltration grid both at the Line of Control (LoC) and hinterland to foil any attempts at cross-border infiltration.
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