Amid continuing militancy attack in Jammu and Kashmir, J&K police Director General SP Vaid claimed that militants are now denying taking responsibility of Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Kashmir operations after the execution of Abu Ismail, the mastermind of Amarnath Yatra terror attack. Confirming reports of a vacancy for the commander’s post in the terrorist outfit’s Kashmir operations, Vaid urged local militants to join the mainstream instead of choosing the path of violence.
At the inauguration ceremony of water sports festival, ‘Jashn-e-Dal’ and Shikara Race – organized at Dal Lake, the J&K DGP said, “Be it elders, religious leaders, parents or political leaders, I appeal to all to help children distinguish between the good and bad. One must tread upon the right path and fulfill the mission of life. Bloodshed won’t yield anything.”
Confirming that the police, in recent days, have rescued 60 youths from joining militant groups, Vaid asserted that militants who are ready to surrender will certainly be offered with a fresh chance.
Days back, Lashkar-e-Taiba commander, Abu Ismail was killed by security forces in Aribagh area of Nowgam. The 26-year old Pakistani national, who is a key player behind the Amarnath Yatra attack, had infiltrated into India about two years ago. Reportedly, Ismail was recently put in charge of LeT’s terror operations in the Kashmir valley. Following inputs that the Lashkar commander was hiding in the outskirts of the city, Army officials and the police cordoned the area and gunned down two militants including Ismail. Apart from being the architect of the Amarnath yatra attack, Ismail was also involved in other attacks including many on police officials at the valley. Ismail emerged as the top operative of LeT after security forces executed Abu Dujana last month.
In another major encounter in recent days, two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists have been gunned down at Khudwani in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Reportedly, following an intense gunfight which broke out early on 4th September, armed forces have also arrested an over ground worker (OGW) belonging to the same terrorist outfit.