Anyone picking up the gun in Kashmir will be neutralised: Gen Dhilon

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SRINAGAR: The Indian Army has said that the leadership of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Kashmir was “eliminated less than 100 hours” after the February 14 CRPF convoy attack in Pulwama and warned that those who pick up the gun will be neutralised unless they surrender.

In a first joint briefing with senior officers of CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police, Corps Commander of the Army’s 15 Corps, Lieutenant General Kanwaljeet Singh Dhillon, said, “The JeM leadership has been eliminated in the Valley in less than 100 hours since the attack.

He said; “All those who pick up the gun will be eliminated unless they surrender. We were tracking the top JeM leadership since February 14 attack.” JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack on the convoy in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed

The convoy attack was carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammad which is being controlled from Pakistan with an active support of ISI and the Pakistan Army. Top JeM commanders, most of them Pakistanis, were in-charge of controlling, coordinating, fabricating and execution of this operation, Dhillon said. 

 Noting that the car bomb-type terror strike happened after a long time in Kashmir, the officer said the security forces will keep all options open to deal with these kinds of attacks.

Responding to a question on security forces’ future course of action in the wake of the convoy attack and the killing of four Army personnel, including a Major, in an encounter with terrorists on Monday, Dhillon said, “The investigation (into the CRPF vehicle attack) is at a very advance stage. We cannot share probe details right now. We have leads on the type of explosives used but I cannot share.”

He asserted, We are very clear about our anti-terrorism policies. All options are open to deal with the new modus operation.”

The officer appealed to the youth to stay away from any gunfight site and requested the parents to keep their children away from terror activities.”I also want to tell one thing to the parents of the local youth specially mothers because I understand and I know that in Kashmiri society, the mother has a great role to play. I will request all the mothers of Kashmir to please request their sons who have joined terrorism to surrender and get back to the mainstream,” he said. (ANI)