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300 militants active in Kashmir: Lt Gen Bhatt

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Says 250 more ready to infiltrate

Kupwara, Oct 06: More than 250 militants are ready to infiltrate into this side of Line of Control at “different launch pads in Pakistan”, said Lt Gen AK Bhatt on Friday during closing ceremony of 15 day-long Public Mela at Keran in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

“Around 300 militants are active in the valley and more than 250 militants are ready to infiltrate into this side of LoC but our soldiers are ready to foil their attempts,” said Bhatt.

He said there will be more infiltration attempts in the winter months. “…but our forces are vigilant to foil all these attempts,” he said.

Bhatt also said that people in south Kashmir should take lesson from people in north Kashmir “who haven’t sheltered any militant outfit.”

“From 1947, these people have given us full support, we will try our best to help these people and recruit more and more boys from this area,” Bhatt said.

Asked about the upcoming elections, he said, “With the help of police and CRPF, our soldiers are working round-the-clock to make the election successful.”

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