The top officers, including the Commander of the Srinagar based 15 Corps, Lt General JS Sandhu, J-K police DGP SP Vaid, GOC of Victor Force Maj Gen BS Raju, IGP of CRPF Zulfikar Khan and IGP (Kashmir) Munir Khan, addressed media persons in the Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar on Sunday to give details of the counter-insurgency operations.
"As the search approached the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them, which was retaliated, triggering an encounter", they said.
On one hand, the anti-militancy operation is going on, on the other hand, efforts are underway, urging Kashmiri youths, who have joined militants, to shun the path of violence and join the mainstream to lead to a normal life. "Yesterday's killed terrorists were holed up inside a house for two to three days and that's how we found them", they said.
Five suspected militants and an Indian air force commando were killed during a fierce gunbattle on Saturday in India-held Kashmir, which also left another soldier injured, the Indian military said. Two Garud commandos of IAF, which was the first ever fatal casualty of this elite force in J&K, were also killed in the same gunfight.
He said that the police has restricted 60 youth in Kashmir from joining the militant ranks.
With the killing of six Lashkar militants, who are all Pakistanis according to police and army officials, the outfit's leadership is over northern districts of Kashmir.
Asked how many militants were active in the Valley now, he said the figure would be between 200-220. "They resorted to some atrocities", he said. "This has resulted in a remarkable change in the situation", he added.
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"Kashmir valley needs to be free from violence, terror, guns and drugs".
During successful operations this year in the valley, 190 militants, including 110 foreign, militants have been killed and out of the 110 foreign-origin militants as many as 66 were eliminated on the line of control (LOC), while they were infiltrating.
On the occasion, the DGP of J&K Police, Dr Shesh Paul Vaid told reporters that after Saturay's operation in Hajin, the area has been cleared of Lashkar militants.
In another tweet, Vaid said LeT commanders Zargam and Mehmood were also killed in the operation. The local militants must realise whether they are "Mujahids" (Islamic fighters) or proxies of Pakistan.
"Our concern is to eliminate militancy and give a chance to locals to return to the mainstream", he said. "We are ready to receive them in an honorable manner", he said.
The CRPF has launched a helpline "Madadgar" with phone number 14411 where the militants, their family members or friends can contact to facilitate any surrender. The assessment of local terrorists is around 110-120.