Three terrorists were killed by security forces in an anti-terror operation in Jammu and Kashmir, including top Hizbul commander Masood alias Rahi. This morning, following the encounter in Anantnag district, the district Doda has been declared terrorist-free.
J&K DGP Dilbagh Singh told reporters “With today’s operation at Khull Chohar Anantnag by Anantnag Police along with Local RR unit in which two LET terrorists including one district commander and one HM commander Masood are neutralised, Doda district in Jammu Zone becomes totally militancy free one again as Masood was last surviving terrorist of Doda District.”
“Masood was involved in a rape case filed by Doda police and was on the run ever since. He later joined Hizbul Mujahideen and shifted his area of operation to Kashmir,” he added.
Two other terrorists were also eliminated in the operation in south Kashmir district. The operation was jointly launched by the Army, J&R police and CRPF. Masood studied upto class VIII and joined the terrorist gang in 2018, months after he was accused of raping a monir in Doda. Since that time he was absconding and later joined Hizbul Mujahideen and shifted his area of operation to Kashmir. According to Jammu and Kashmir police, there are 29 foreign terrorists active in south Kashmir.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said, “There is a presence of foreign terrorists in the upper reaches of Kokernag, Tral and Khrew. There are about 29 foreign terrorists active in South Kashmir and we will neutralise them when they come down and our sources inform us (about them).”
The killing of Hizbul Mujahidden from Tral area of Pulwama district, is being considered as an big step towards whipping out terrorism from south Kashmir. State police chief Dilbag Singh claimed last week that this year over 100 terrorists have been neutralized. “Out of them 50 plus were from the Hizbul Mujahideen, around 20 from the Lashkar-e-Taiba, 20 from the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the rest from smaller outfits like Al-Badr, Ansar Gazwatul Hind,” Mr Singh informed.