Pak based terrorists using civilians as shields: DGP

7 Pakistani terrorists among 14 killed in 8 operations in J&K this year


JAMMU, Jan 13: Stating that efforts and precautions are being taken to save the lives of civilians during encounters, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh on Thursday said that Pakistan based terrorists are attacking forces to disturb peace and are using civilians as shields.
"It has become a trend of Pakistani based agencies and terrorists to attack on forces and disturb peace and order while using civilians as shields," Singh told media after paying tributes to the martyr Selection Grade Constable Rohit Chib while attending his last rites here.
The Constable attained martyrdom on Wednesday during the Kulgam encounter.
“Efforts and precautions are being taken to save the lives of civilians during encounters," he added and said, "efforts are also being made to infiltrate terrorists in our land."
Singh said that forces on the border and hinterland are protecting the country with utmost dedication and every effort of infiltration will be thwarted.
The DGP said that J&K Police along with other security forces is fighting against terrorists and their supporters with firm determination.
He said that a good number of terrorists were neutralized at the start of 2022 itself and people relieved due to the elimination of these terrorists.
"In the coming days more stringent actions will be taken against terrorists and with the support of people peaceful environment will prevail soon," said the Police Chief.
Singh was led by senior officers of Jammu and Kashmir Police, family members, relatives and friends in paying floral tributes to the martyr.
Senior officers ADGP Jammu Mukesh Singh, SSP PCR Jammu Dr Haseeb Mughal, SSP Jammu Chandan Kohli, SSP Mubassir Latifi, SSP Shri Kulbir Singh, other Police and civil administration officers and large number of people paid their tributes to the martyr.
The DGP and ADGP on behalf of JK Police parivar conveyed heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of the martyr.
Chib attained martyrdom yesterday in an encounter at Pariwan area of District Kulgam while evacuating the civilians from the encounter site to safer places.
In the encounter a top terrorist linked with proscribed terror outfit JeM was killed while three Army soldiers and two civilians were injured.
Chib had joined the J&K Police as constable in the year 2011 and was promoted to the next rank for his dedication and devotion towards duties in the year 2017.
Dilbag Singh also said that 14 terrorists, including seven Pakistani nationals, have been killed in eight encounters in the union territory so far this year and asserted that anti-terrorist operations will be intensified to clear the region of terrorism.
The police chief paid tribute to police constable Rohit Chib who was killed during an encounter with terrorists in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Wednesday. In the operation, Pakistan-origin Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) terrorist Babar was killed and five, including two civilians and three soldiers, were injured.
"This year, we have undertaken eight successful operations. As many as 14 terrorists have been killed in these operations. Among these 14 terrorists, seven are Pakistani terrorists," Singh told reporters.
The police chief further said the terror modules and their networks helping terrorists are also being eliminated.
"The elimination of these terrorists are going on at a fast pace. In these operations, seven terrorists who had come from Pakistan to engineer terror have been eliminated," he said.
He said people heaved a sigh of relief in 2021 as there have been largescale elimination of terrorists. "We will clear this land of terrorism so that people live in an environment of peace," he added.
After a wreath-laying ceremony, Chib's mortal remains were cremated at Jogi Ghat here.
The DGP appreciated his work in the special operation group (SoG). "He had volunteered to join SoG. He was recruited in 2011. He was doing excellent work. Three years ago, he got a special out-of-turn promotion one-rank above others," the DGP said.
Singh said Chib led from the front in the operation without caring about his personal safety, but was hit by a bullet.
Despite being injured, he played a big role in neutralising he top terrorist, the DGP said.
"Unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries.... We are proud of him for fighting bravely in the operation," he said.

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