There was a time when nothing but terrorism came to our minds when we thought of Jammu and Kashmir. But today the state of Jammu and Kashmir is inching towards becoming free of terrorists and a district in the state has already become free of terrorists.
Yes, reports have emerged that Baramulla district has been declared first militant free district in Kashmir after 3 terrorists killed in encounter, and this is considered as the biggest victory in the war against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.
Announcing this good news, the police spokesman said “Baramulla has become the first district of Kashmir with no surviving militant as on date. J&K Police extends its thanks to the local population for all their support in providing a better security environment in the district”.
The Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh not just said that the credit goes to police personnel but also added that this will be a boost to peace-building efforts in the region. “Kashmir needs peace so that its people could have its dividends for better tomorrow” said the police spokesperson.
In the early morning of 24th January, the security forces launched an operation after getting secret inputs and cordoned off the Binner area, a few kilometers away from Baramulla town. And the mission successfully ended in the killing of Suhaib Farooq Akhoon, Mohsin Mushtaq and Nasir Ahmad Darzi, all belonging to Lashkar-e-Toiba. These three were active in the region since a very long time period and were involved in several crime related activities.
The police spokesperson said “They were involved in the gruesome killing of three young boys in Baramulla in April 2018. One terrorist Ajaz Ahmad Gojri, who was part of the group involved in the killing of three youth, has been arrested earlier”.
These three terrorists had earlier hurled grenades on Police Station Baramulla in December 2017 and January 2018. The spokesperson added “Terrorists were provided with ample opportunity to surrender however they fired on the security forces from their hideout leading to the exchange of fire in which all the three terrorists got killed. Pertinently due to the efforts of security forces, it was a clean operation and no collateral damage took place during the encounter”.
Even the Indian Army had vowed to make the valley free from terrorists. Within the next few months, we might see Jammu and Kashmir as a tourist hub where visitors roam free of fear.