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No militants in Rajouri, Poonch: GoC
Tazeem Malik
RAJOURI, Apr 13: Contradicting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jammu zone’s recent claims of presence of few militants in twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch, Army today asserted that militancy has been wiped out in these twin districts.

Brigadier JK Tiwari, Officiating Genera-Officer-Commanding (GOC), 25 Infantry Division while talking to reporters on the sidelines of Rajouri Day celebrations today at Rajouri said that almost the militancy in both the districts has been wiped out.

However, Rajesh Kumar, IGP, Jammu zone, who recently took charge while talking to a local daily said that between 15-20 militants, including foreigners were operating in Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch districts in Jammu zone. Many senior officers in the intelligence agencies, BSF and army are of view that militancy in twin districts has been wiped out but are silent as presence of about 10-15 militants including some foreign militants has been noticed in both the districts, he said. Recent satellite phone intercepts confirmed presence of Lashkar-e-Toiba commander for Rajouri and Poonch districts in Thandi Kassi, he added.

Security forces operating in both the districts have succeeded in ensuring peaceful and conducive environment for common man in both the districts. Their effort was appreciated by the GOC of Romeo Force (CIF) in high level security review meeting recently held at Romeo Force headquarters.

However, in this meeting Danish Rana, DIG police has shown apprehension of misuse of the under construction Mughal road by anti national elements which will connect Rajouri–Poonch districts with Kashmir. He expressed need for continuous watch on Mughal Road which may be utilise for movement of logistics, weapon and hawala transactions by the extremists, as disclosed by defence sources.

News Updated at : Saturday, April 13, 2013
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