India: Violence level down in Kashmir; terror infrastructure intact


New Delhi : Ruling out any reduction of its personnel in militancy-infested Jammu and Kashmir, the CRPF Friday said the terrorist infrastructure in the state was intact though there was a slight decrease in number of violent incidents.

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There has been a “slight” decrease in the number of terrorist-related incidents and reduction in civilian causality, CRPF Director General S I S Ahmed told reporters on the eve of 68th raising day of the para-military force.

“This does not mean that infrastructure of terrorists is not there. The grouping, planning and execution is there. I do not see a reduction in CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Out of the 201 battalions, a maximum of 72, which is 40 per cent of the about 60,000-strong force, are deployed in the state, he said.

Till Sept 30 this year, the force had killed 71 militants and apprehended 206 others in militancy related cases in the state. Fifteen CRPF men were killed and 106 others injured in 68 encounters, he said adding the recoveries included 127 weapons and 116 kg of explosives.

Commenting on CRPF deployment in naxal areas, where the para-military force faced some reverses this year, Ahmed put up a brave face saying the biggest problem faced in countering naxalite was that of improvised explosive devices and the force was being geared to counter that.