Anyone who picks up a gun in Kashmir will be eliminated: Army Commander Dhillon

Lt Gen KJS Dhillon addresses a press meet in Srinagar | Image credits: Times Now

Srinagar: “Anyone who picks up a gun in Kashmir will be eliminated,” said Lt Gen KS Dhillon, 15 Corps Commander, at a press briefing in Srinagar today. This is the first press briefing held jointly by the army, CRPF and police force after a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed an IED-laden car into a CRPF convoy last Thursday, killing 40 CRPF men.

Three JeM militants were killed yesterday in a joint encounter by the army, police and CRPF in Pulwama. Four soldiers and a Kashmir police constable were also killed in the encounter.

In their press briefing today, the army said that the entire leadership of Pakistan-based JeM has been eliminated from the Kashmir Valley and three terrorists had been killed in “less than 100 hours” after the Pulwama attack. “We were tracking the Jaish-e-Mohammed leadership. We are happy to inform that we eliminated the Jaish leadership in the Valley, which was controlled by Pakistan in less than 100 hours after the Pulwama attack,” said Lt Gen KS Dhillon. He added that the Pulwama attack was controlled from across the border by Pakistan’s spy agency ISI.

“I urge family members to tell their loved ones to give up the gun and follow the surrender policy,” Lt Gen Dhillon said. Stating that the army had a hard stand on terrorism in the Valley, he said, “Our focus is clear on counter-terrorism operations. We are very clear that anyone who enters Kashmir Valley will not go back alive.”

He also said that the investigation on the CRPF had given them insights into the kind of explosives used.

“We have leads on the type of explosives used but I can’t share the details as an investigation is underway,” Lt Gen Dhillon said.

Compiled by Abhinaya with inputs from Hindustan Times, NDTV, CNN News.