Stepped-up efforts against militancy


On request of the J&K Government, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has transferred three more terror cases of Kishtwar district to the NIA for investigations as it had surfaced during preliminary probe by the police that group of same militants was involved in the terror attacks including killings of Parihar brothers and three other incidents. Aimed at streamlining investigations in terror cases, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) handed over three important militancy-related incidents including the killing of prominent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary Chanderkant Sharma and his PSO Rajinder Singh in the heart of Kishtwar town, to the National Investigating Agency (NIA). With this, all four major terror strikes in Kishtwar town during past one year have been given to the NIA. Three militants were killed and around dozen and a half arrested by Kishtwar police during past about two months in stepped-up efforts against the militancy, which was revived by HizbulMujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba & Jaish-e-Mohammed outfits in Kishtwar district with the killings of top BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother AjitParihar on November 1 near their houses.
NIA has registered three First Information Reports (FIRs) in the three cases transferred to it by the MHA from Kishtwar police. The cases handed over to the NIA by the Ministry of Home Affairs included killing of the top RSS functionary Chanderkant Sharma and his PSO Rajinder Singh on April 9 this year inside the District Hospital Kishtwar, snatching of AK-47 rifle from the Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar's Personal Security Officer (PSO), Daleep Kumar at his residence in Kishtwar town on March 8 and another weapon snatching incident involving PSO of People's Democratic Party (PDP) district president Sheikh Nissar on September 13 near the town after three militants barged into the house and held the family members hostage. Prior to these three terror incidents this year, the militants had on November 1, 2018, gunned down BJP leader Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit Parihar near their house. The case of Parihar brothers was handed over to the NIA by the Home Ministry within days of the killings. Involvement of some influential persons in abetting terror incidents was also one of the reasons behind transfer of three terror cases from Kishtwar police to the NIA and Kishtwar police has already registered a FIR against brother of prominent Congress leader and former Minister.

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