Pulwama aftermath: Indian Army asks Kashmiri youths to surrender

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Srinagar: The Indian Army on Tuesday has given a stern message to Kashmiri youths to put down guns and ‘surrender’ or else they will be eliminated.

At a joint press conference of the Indian Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Lt Gen Dhillon, Corps commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corps warned that ‘anyone who dares to pick up a gun will be eliminated’.

The senior Army officer said :”Mothers play an important role in Indian society. Please tell your children to surrender, so that they can join the mainstream. Else, anyone who has picked up a gun will be eliminated, unless he surrenders”.

He said there is a complete synergy between Army, JKP, Special Operations Group (SOG) and intelligence agencies to tackle the situation.

Dwelling upon February 14 attack by JeM terrorist that resulted in the death of 40 CRPF personnel in Pulwama in South Kashmir, Dhillon said that the attack was carried out from ‘Pakistan and controlled by Pakistanis’ from across the border.

He said :”Pakistan was controlling, coordinating and fabricating the attack.”

Underlining the Army’s endeavour to ensure that the civilian casualties are under control during and after the encounter , the senior Army officer said : “In less than 100 hours, we eliminated the JeM leadership handled from Pakistan.”

At the press conference IGP Kashmir said that the investigation in the February 14 CRPF attack are in advance stages. He said the forces will share details as and when the investigation progresses.

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