No presence of ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir, only cases of waving of flags

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Aug 01, 2018, 03:38 PM IST

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At present no terrorist of ISJK is reportedly active in Jammu and Kashmir, said Union minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in response to a written question.

No terrorist of the ISJK, an outfit influenced by ISIS ideology, is active in Jammu and Kashmir and the extent of ISIS presence in the state was till recently limited to waving flags of the global terror group and Pakistan, Ahir said on Wednesday.

The minister also said that appropriate action under law has been initiated against those who were involved in cases of waving ISIS and Pakistani flags in Jammu and Kashmir.

There were eight such cases in 2015, 31 cases in 2016 and five cases in 2017, the minister was quoted as saying.

"Till recently the extent of ISIS presence in Jammu and Kashmir was limited to waving of ISIS and Pakistani flags by some miscreants. However, on June 22, 2018, four terrorists belonging to the ISJK, an outfit influenced by ISIS ideology, were neutralised in Anantnag district.

Since the imposition of Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir on June 20, 176 people have been arrested for pelting stones, Ahir said in reply to another question. 

Besides, there were 39 incidents of terrorist violence in which eight security forces personnel were martyred and three civilians lost their lives, he added.

Fourteen terrorists were also killed in these incidents.

The minister also said 213 terrorists, including 86 local terrorists, were killed in Jammu and Kashmir in 2017. In 2016, 150 terrorists, including 33 local militants, were killed in the state.