Srinagar : The number of active militants in Jammu and Kashmir has fallen to 300 and that of local rebels to double digits, top army, and police officials said Tuesday, attributing the decline largely to the improved security situation in the aftermath of the August 2019 abrogation Article 370 that gave the region special status. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief ( Northern Command ) Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi estimated the number at 300 and offered a break-up. ” There are 82 foreign and 53 local terrorists active in J & K . What is worrisome is there are almost 170 unidentified terrorists, ” Dwivedi said at a presser in Poonch. Sources said the total rebel numbers were at least double the current level of 300 before 2019.
In Baramulla, J & K police chief Dilbagh Singh stressed the decline in local rebels while asserting the ” minuscule ” number of foreign insurgents were being tracked down. ” As far as militancy is concerned, the number of active local militants has been brought to just double – digits, ” Singh said. Lieutenant General Dwivedi echoed the view on the crackdown but warned that around 160 terrorists were sitting on ” launch pads ” across the border, waiting to be pushed in.
Lt – Gen Dwivedi said the security scenario in the UT had seen a ” big change ” after the scrapping of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, with peace and development gaining speed.