Raze ecosystem that abets J&K terror: Amit Shah | India News

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NEW DELHI: Home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday, while appreciating the improvement in overall security situation in J&K, directed the Jammu & Kashmir police to identify the remaining terror “hotspots” in the Union Territory and accordingly remodel their security strategy to make these “trouble-free” within a limited time-frame.
Shah, who chaired separate review meetings on Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh here on Wednesday to take stock of the security scenario and progress of development works in the two UTs along with their respective Lieutenant Governors, stressed on the need to dismantle the terror ecosystem in J&K “comprising elements that aid, abet and sustain the terrorist-separatist campaign to the detriment of the well-being of common man”. The reference appears to be clearly to overground workers, hybrid terrorists who indulge in a one-off terror act before going back to their normal routine, and terror sympathisers.
The J&K meeting — attended by LG Manoj Sinha, IB and RAW chiefs, heads of the central paramilitary forces and senior officials of the UT administration — saw Shah once again stressing on the need to follow zero-tolerance policy against terrorism.
TOI has learnt that Shah asked the J&K police to focus on prosecution and trial of terror accused, particularly those charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), be it contesting their bail applications, analysing instances where they secure bail and filing appeals against bail orders. As many as 365 terror suspects were arrested in J&K until December 15 this year, up from 293 in 2021. Sources told TOI that Shah also stressed on the need to use modern technology as a force multiplier in the fight against terrorism.
As per sources, there were 108 encounters in J&K until December 15 this year, up from 80 last year



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