‘South Kashmir districts top list of having active militants’
Srinagar, July 22: Out of 22 districts in Jammu and Kashmir, ten districts were having zero number of active militants while as the remaining districts have showing decreasing number of active militants, an official report has revealed according to KNO.
This has been stated in the crime gazette, released days ago by State’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh in presence of senior police officer and the officials from the Crime Department in a function at Srinagar.
According to the report, a copy of which is with the Kashmir News Observer (KNO), titled—Crime Gazette, ten districts of the State have zero active militants and they include Reasi, Jammu, Samba, Udhampur, Doda, Ramban, Leh, Kargil and Ganderbal. In Kashmir region, Ganderbal is the only district declared militancy free.
However, eight out of ten districts have large number of active OGWs, the report states. “In Reasi, there are 182 OGWs, 39 are in Kathua, 21 in Udhampur, 122 in Doda, 74 in Ramban and 135 in Kishtwar,” the official figures reveal.
About the districts having active militants, the report states that Srinagar district in Kashmir region has 11 active militants with 112 OGWs. “Kupwara has nine active militants and 32 OGWs followed by Handwara where 23 militants and 496 OGWs are active. In Baramulla there are three active militants and 26 OGWs, while as in Sopore there are 30 militants and 15 OGWs,” the report states. “Bandipora district has 11 militants and 104 active militants.”
In Budgam district, there are four active militants and 89 OGWs. In southern districts of Kashmir, the number of OGWs is higher than the militants, the report states. “In Shopian there are 39 militants and 136 OGWs, Pulwama has 36 militants and 92 OGWs, Awantipora 25 militants and 71 OGWs, while as Kulgam district has 29 active militants and 317 OGWs.”
As per the report, Anantnag district has 23 militants who are active and there are 130 OGWs as well. It states that in Leh and Kargil, Jammu and Samba districts of the State, there is neither any active militant nor any OGW