Srinagar: A total of 171 terrorists, including 19 from Pakistan, were killed this year, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said on Friday.
Addressing a press conference here, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said all those who were involved in the Zewan terror attack, in which three Jammu and Kashmir police personnel were killed and 11 injured on December 13, had been neutralised.
"An encounter broke out last night (Thursday) in the Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar as we got information that three terrorists involved in the Zewan terror attack are hiding. Security forces cordoned the area, during initial firing three police and two CRPF personnel got injured. All injured personnel are stable," he said.
He said in the encounter, three terrorists affiliated with terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) were killed. "One of them has been identified as Suhail Ahmad Rather, two are yet to be identified," he added.
The IGP further said the active strength of terrorists in North Kashmir was 65, in Central Kashmir, there were 16 terrorists and in South Kashmir, there were 87 terrorists. As of now, there were a total of 168 active terrorists in the valley.
"A total of 171 terrorists were killed this year, out of which 19 were Pakistani terrorists and 152 were local terrorists. Last year, 37 civilians were killed, but this year 34 civilians have been killed," said the IGP, Kashmir.
He said almost all top commanders of the terrorist group were killed this year, only three-four were left. Almost all long-term surviving terrorists had been neutralised.
Kumar said they were preparing the database of all drug victims to reduce their number in the future. "Narcotic cases have been one of our top priorities. As many as 815 FIRs have been lodged and almost 400 chargesheets filed. A total of 1,465 arrests have taken place this year. We are preparing the database of all drug victims to reduce their number in the future," added the Kashmir IGP.