Srinagar, August 11: Elimination of terrorism is on the top of all other agendas of Indian security forces. However, curbing terrorism will help Indian administration to keep Kashmir and country safe. Anti-Terrorism operation is continued with such a speed that at least 132 terrorists are eliminated by Indian troops in a time period of only seven months.
A senior security official while talking to the press said as many as 132 terrorists have been killed in encounters with police and security forces in Kashmir Valley in over seven months this year. “Six top terrorist commanders, including LeT's Abu Dujana, and Burhan Wani's successor Sabzar Ahmad Bhat of Hizbul Mujahideen, Junia Mattoo etc were amongst 132 who were killed by Indian forces,” security official added.
According to official statistics, 115 terrorists have been killed till July-end while 17 terrorists have been killed since then till 9 August. Notably, 38 LeT terrorists were killed in over seven months till 9 August while 37 Hizbul terrorists were also eliminated. However, three of the Al-Qeada-linked Zakir Musa group and another 54 unidentified terrorists were killed, mostly on the LoC.
Description of top terrorists killed in Kashmir
Top LeT commander Abu Dujanawho was variously described as a category 'A' or 'A++' terrorist and his aide were gunned down on 1 August by security forces in Hakripora area of Pulwama district. Dujana was wanted for many attacks on security forces and political workers in south Kashmir.
Another top LeT commander Bashir Lashkari and his aide Azad Malik were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Anantnag's Brenti village of Dialgam belt in south Kashmir on July 1. Lashkari was involved in the killing of six policemen in the district's Acchabal area on 16 June.
Top Hizbul commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat who was a close associate of slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was among two militants killed in an encounter in Tral, in south Kashmir on 28 May. Sabzar dropped out of school in his Rathsuna hamlet in Pulwama to join the Hizbul in March this year.
Sajad Gilkar was among three Hizbul terrorists killed by security forces in Budgam district of central Kashmir on July 12. Gilkar was the one who played a key role in the lynching of Mohammad Ayub Pandith, a deputy superintendent of police, near Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of capital Srinagar on 22 June.
Besides them, top LeT commander Abu Haris was killed in Bandipora in north Kashmir on 14 February, followed by killing of Abul Ali in Budgam on 22 April, while Abul Mala, Anis Bhai and Abu Mansoor of LeT were killed in Kupwara on 15 March, Abu Umar of LeT was killed in Sopore on 3 January, Abu Maviya was shot dead in Bandipora on 10 January and Sher Gujri was slain in Pulwama on March 9.
Interestingly, most of the encounters took place in south Kashmir's Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag, apart from Bandipora and Kupwara in north Kashmir and Budgam in central Kashmir. In 2010, the highest number of 156 militants were neutralized in the first seven months of the year followed by 102 in 2017, 77 in 2016, 61 in 2011, and 51 each in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Similarly, 43 militants were killed in 2013, followed by 37 in 2012.
The death toll of terrorists killed in military operations reached to 216 since July 2016.