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70 per cent terrorist leadership eliminated in J&K: Lt Gen Prasad

August 29, 2005 19:31 IST
Last Updated: August 29, 2005 19:47 IST

A senior Indian Army official said on Monday that terrorism levels in Jammu and Kashmir had reduced tremendously and that 70 per cent of the terrorist leadership had been decimated.

"We have eliminated 70 per cent of the terrorist leadership operating in the state so far. Today normalcy is becoming a reality as never before as people are moving about without any fear," GoC-in-C of Northern Command, Lt General Hari Prasad, who retires on August 31, said in Jammu.

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Observing that it was his dream that terrorism ended before his term as the Army commander of the northern command, he said, "it has reduced and we believe it will go off soon".

The task of fencing about 700 km of the Line of Control, including the snow-bound areas, had been completed in record time and it had yielded immediate results in curbing infiltration to a large extent, besides sending panic signals among terrorist rank and file, he added.

Also, the army's relentless operations had substantially decimiated the leadership and other infrastructure of terrorists, which gave the forces advantage over the militants, the top army official said.

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Asserting that an increase in the level of violence reflected the frustration among militants, he said there was an upswing in trade and economic activity in the state, and educational institutions and the government machinery was functioning normally.

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