Operation All Out has been successful in Kashmir, with the most number of terrorists killed in North Kashmir and the most number of militant commanders have been killed in South Kashmir.
It is very rightly said, time changes and people get their turns to get into action. Once India had to fear off terrorist attacks, and now the time has come for the terrorists to fear, attacks by our Indian Army. A salute goes to our Soldiers.
A haunt and hunt for the terrorists have taken a kick off start.
Security forces gunned down three Lashkar terrorists suspected to be from Pakistan in an overnight encounter in North Kashmir taking the total number of terrorists killed in North Kashmir to 111.
The security forces even tried to capture third militant alive but he succumbed to injuries. With this maximum kills took place in North Kashmir. Most number of terrorists killed has been reported from Kupwara with 49 terrorists killed, followed by 40 in Handwara and 22 in Bandipora.
However, South Kashmir remained the hub for local terrorists. The total number of terrorists killed stands at 210. Through Operation All Out, the security forces also strategized to go for top commanders in South Kashmir.
“Though there are few days to go before 2017 ends, I must say Operation All Out has been successful due to the joint operations of JKP, Army and CRPF. We definitely have an upper hand in the Valley now.”- addressed RR Bhatnagar, DG, CRPF.
Data also suggests that North Kashmir is the infiltration route for Pakistani terrorist, with over 70 per cent of the operations taking place near the Line of Control (LoC). The maximum infiltration attempts take place in the months of May and June.
According to data, South Kashmir remained the stronghold of local militants. However, the security forces successfully turned the situation around. By December, the security forces have already killed 210 militants.
In South Kashmir, Pulwama remained the hotbed of encounters with 36 terrorists reported dead. This followed by Anantnag where 15 terrorists were killed.
The last encounter was reported from Quazigund where three laskhar terrorists, 2 foreigners and one local commander was killed. The security forces changed status quo in Kulgam and Shopian which earlier reported least encounters. Areas were identified and operations successfully carried by elimination of 14 terrorists in Kulgam and 8 in Shopian.
The list of top commanders killed in South Kashmir goes as follows:
• Sabzar Ahmed Bhat – HM Commander killed by security forces in Tral on 27 May
• Junaid Mattoo – Lashkar-e-Taiba commander killed in Arwani village in Anantnag on June 16
• Bashir Lashkari – He was the mastermind behind the gruesome killing of six Jammu and Kashmir policemen including SHO Firoz Ahmed Dar in June. There was a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head and he was killed on 1st July
• Abu Dujana – A former Lashkar terrorist who exited to join hands with Zakir Musa led Gazwat Ul Hind was killed in Anantnag on 1st August
• Yasin Yattu – alias Mehmood Gaznavi was killed with two other associates in Awneera village in Shopian district
• Yawar Bashir Wani – District commander Anantnag and Kulgam was killed in Kulgam district on 4th December
• Fukran – Pakistani Lashkar terrorist, replacement of Abu Ismail in South Kashmir was killed alongside Yawar in Quazigund.
Top Terror operatives killed in North Kashmir:
• Abu Haris – the Lashkar-e-Toiba militant was killed in north Kashmir’s Hajin area of Bondipora that resulted in heavy casualty in which three soldiers were also killed. Chetan Cheetah brave CRPF Commandant also received 9 bullet injuries in the encounter
• Khalid – On 9th October, this top Jaish terrorist was gunned down by security forces in Baramulla
• Mahmood Bhai Lashkar – He was killed on 18th November in Bandipora
• Muzamil – Top LET divisional commander who was killed on 30th November in Baramulla.
At least three of the most crucial terrorists were killed in North Kashmir in the last quarter of the year.
The least number of encounters took place in Central Kashmir with over 20 terrorists reported dead. Jammu however largely remained peaceful with a total 5 terrorist killed in operations.
• Sajad Ahmed Gilkar – He played a key role in the murder of DSP Muhammad Ayub Pandith and was killed in July this year
• Abu Ismail – The top Lashkar Commander and mastermind of Amarnath Yatra attack was killed on 14th September at Srinagar in Central Kashmir.
What is Operation All Out?
On 26th December 2014, the Indian Government declared that they had launched “Operation All Out” to eliminate the Bodo militants. This was declared by the Chief of the Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh Suhag, after meeting the Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, on 26th December.
About 5,000 personnel from the paramilitary CRPF and 4,620 from the Indian Army have already been deployed and have been ordered to eliminate the remaining militants, who are estimated to number around 80. In addition, around 2,000 personnel from the border force Sashastra Seema Bal have been deployed to help maintain stability. The Indian Army has been using its helicopters to carry out aerial surveys of the affected regions.