Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police today said that this year eight militants surrendered in live encounters across Kashmir of which five surrenders took place in the ensuing month of October alone. ALSO READ | Jammu & Kashmir Govt Appoints 2 Media Consultants To Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha
Talking to reporters in Srinagar, Kashmir range Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar said one good thing has been happening this year that surrenders took place during live encounters as well. “This year so far eight surrenders took place in live encounters in the Valley of which five militants surrendered in the month of October alone,” the IGP said, and termed it as a “welcome development.”
He reiterated his appeal to the new militant recruits to return and join the mainstream.
To query that encounters are taking place in Srinagar and city outskirts, he said it was because of the smooth flow of intelligence inputs and other technical information, Srinagar police came to know about the militant movement in the city. “Police have a good network in the city,” he said.
About today’s encounter at Mouchwa area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam, the IGP said that acting on a specific input, Srinagar police, Budgam police, army and the CRPF laid a siege in Mouchwa area and during the search, militants fired at the forces triggering a gunbattle yesterday evening.
“Today, morning two militants including a Pakistani militant Ilyas were killed. Second slain has been identified as Javaid Ahmed from Pulwama,” he said.
The IGP said that the role of Illyas in highway attacks can’t be ruled out and that police are investigating their involvement. “We gave full opportunity to militants who were trapped at Mouchwa to surrender.
However, they refused. We give ample time to local boys who get trapped in encounters to lay their weapons. I once again appeal parents to urge their youth who have picked up arms to return back to the mainstream and live with their families again,” the IGP said.