55 foreign militants among 76 neutralised in J&K in 2023: J&K DGP

JAMMU — A total of 76 militants, including 55 foreigners, were neutralised, 291 militant associates arrested and 201 overground workers booked under the Public Safety Act in Jammu and Kashmir this year, Director General of Police R R Swain said on Saturday.

Swain further said that only 31 local militants – an all time low – are left in the Union Territory.

He said 14 civilians were also killed by militants in 2023, and there was a decline of 63 per cent in militant-related incidents as compared to the last year, while recruitment of militants has also gone down with strike calls and stone-pelting on continuous decline.

Four police personnel, including a DSP and an inspector, lost their lives in militant attacks, Swain told reporters.

The police chief said 89 militant modules were busted and 18 militant hideouts were unearthed in Jammu and Kashmir while 99 properties worth more than Rs 170 crore, including buildings, land, orchards and commercial establishments, were attached and 68 bank accounts freezed.

More than 8,000 fake social media accounts glorifying separatism and militancy were identified and action taken against them, he added. — (PTI)