New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Security Forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir have recorded some of the biggest successes against the terror machinery in Jammu and Kashmir, with 70 terrorists neutralised by the forces in June alone, including the ones who were killed along the Line of Control while infiltrating to the Indian side.

For the first time since 1989, there is no active Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist in the volatile Tral town of Pulwama district. On June 29th, with the last remaining Hizbul terrorist, an acting Commander who had shifted his operations to Kashmir from Jammu, got neutralised in an encounter, Doda district was declared ‘militancy free’ by the security forces.

Thirteen terrorists, including Hizbul’s longest surviving Commander Riyaz Naikoo, were eliminated in May bringing the total number of terrorists killed in anti-terror operations to 83, in May-June so far. The focus of the Forces has been to ensure the elimination of ‘Active Terrorists’ as soon as they come on the radar of local and collective intelligence stimulants.

On the other hand, the terror operatives exported out of Pakistan have heavily invested on the terrorists who could carry out another Feb-14 Pulwama like attack, but the Forces have ensured no returns to these terror investments.

Huge loads of IEDs have been recovered from Pulwama at three different points of time at the locations not far from Feb-14 Pulwama attack site, along with the neutralization of IED experts of terror outfits.

After Riyaz Naikoo’s elimination, various uncoordinated terrorist activities were reported from all across Kashmir valley with reports of a suspected breakoff between Jaish-E-Mohammed and Lashkar-E-Taiba as Masood Azhar, the JeM terror-head based in Islamabad, stopped receiving necessary terror stimulation from ISI.

Similar altercations were reported to have taken place between ISI and Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin as well.

Although, in the recent couple of weeks, various encounters have identified Jaish and Lashkar terrorists operating side-by-side, but the terror activity has severely travelled a downside after subsequent encounters that have kept in check on all kinds of terror activity in Jammu and Kashmir.

A Glance Upon Terror Elimination in June

Monday, June 1: A total of thirteen heavily armed terrorists killed along the line of control in two sectors: ten in Mendhar-Poonch and another three in Nowshera, India Today reported.

Tuesday, 2nd June: Two Hizbul terrorists killed in an encounter in Tral, Pulwama.

Wednesday, 3rd June: Three JeM terrorists killed in Kangan, Pulwama. One a Pakistani national, Abdul Rehman Ilyas Fauji baba, the maker of IED bomb loads recovered on May 28. Forces declare it second biggest success in less than a month after Riyaz Naikoo's neutralisation.

Sunday, 7th June: Five Hizbul terrorists, including a self-declared commander dead in Reban, Shopian.

Monday, 8th June: Four terrorists killed in Shopian's Pinjora area. Second encounter in Shopian district in less than twenty four hours, leaving nine terrorists dead in total.

Wednesday, June 10: In yet another operational success, security forces gunned down five terrorists in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district on Wednesday, taking the number of terrorists killed in the last four days to 14.

Thursday, June 11: Two terrorists killed, one apprehended in Budgam.

Saturday, June 13: Two terrorists killed in Anantnag.

Sunday, June 14: Two terrorists killed in Kulgam. While others managed to flee the scenes in Pulwama and Shopian amid consistent stone pelting during the encounter, locals reports stated.

Tuesday, June 16: Three terrorists killed in encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian, about 400 to 500 meters away from Rashtriya Rifles camp. Fourth such encounter in Shopian in ten days, leading to the neutralization of fourteen terrorists in total.

Wednesday, June 17: Three JeM terrorists, out of which two had taken the refuge inside a mosque in Pulwama’s Awantipora, killed by the forces in the encounter, with the Forces managing to maintain the sanctity of religious place despite the gunshots fired by the terrorists from inside the mosque. "Patience and professionalism worked. No use of firing or IED. Used tear smoke shells only. Maintained the sanctity of the mosque. Both militants hiding inside the mosque have been neutralised." Vijay Kumar, IGP (Kashmir) told media.

Thursday, June 18: Four terrorists, two of JeM and two of LeT, killed by the forces in an encounter which broke out in Bandpawa village of Shopian district. Fifth such encounter in Shopian district in twelve days.

June 18-19: Another encounter breaks out in Shopian district, hours after the one in Bandpawa village. Five terrorists are neutralised with huge rounds of ammunition recovered.

Saturday, June 20: One terrorist is killed in an encounter which broke out in Kulgam’s Likhdipora.

Sunday, June 21: Encounter breaks out in Srinagar Zaidibal Soura area, three terrorists killed, of which one was involved in the killing of two BSF personnel on May 20, in the outskirts of Srinagar in Pandach Chowk.

Monday, June 22: Encounter breaks out between Security Forces and Terrorists in Anantnag’s Verinag-Kapran area, however, terrorists reportedly manage to escape in the dense forest.

Tuesday, June 23: Two terrorists neutralised by the forces in Pulwama’s Bandzoo area.

Thursday, June 25: Big Day for Forces in Jammu and Kashmir. Encounter breaks out between Forces and terrorists in Harshiva area of Sopore, three terrorists are neutralised in the encounter. Another encounter breaks out in Tral’s Chewaular area, in which three terrorists are killed. In Budgam, five LeT associates are arrested with huge load of IEDs and Ammunitions.

Friday, June 26: Forces, for the first time, since 1989, declare that Tral to be free of Hizbul terrorists.

Sunday, June 28: Jammu and Kashmir Police tells the media, that two individuals: mother of a recently neutralised terrorist and sister of an active terrorist, were arrested in the wake of their involvement in recruiting local youth in the terror ranks.

Monday, June 29: Encounter breaks out in Khulchohar area of Anantnag, three terrorists, including an LeT commander and a Hizul Commander neutralised. In another development, Doda district is declared militancy-free.

Tuesday, June 30: Encounter breaks out in Anantnag’s Waghama area, two terrorists killed so-far with the search operation still ongoing.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta