Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday said that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, who was neutralised by security forces earlier in the day, had created terror in the Sopore district adding that he has been very active in the area over the last one month.
The LeT terrorist, identified as Asif, had made use of ‘Over Ground Workers’ to print posters threatening civilians not to open shops and refrain from their day-to-day activities, J-K DGP Dilbag Singh said while addressing the media after the Sopore encounter.
Meanwhile, two police personnel were injured after Asif threw grenades at the security forces.
Asif is responsible for the Saturday shootout in Danger Pora village of Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore district that left four people, including a 2-year-old baby, injured.
According to the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Asif was also responsible for shooting at a migrant labour Shafi Alam in Sopore.
Post the revocation of Article 370, militants have been resorting to civilian killings and threats to instil fear among the people so that the return of normalcy is prevented in the valley.
On September 9, Jammu and Kashmir Police along with the Army and other security forces including the Central Reserve Police Force had arrested eight militants from the Sopore region after busting a terror module of the LeT.
Javaid Iqbal, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Sopore district, said the men had hatched a conspiracy to print posters threatening locals against venturing out of their homes, either for trade, travel, schools or offices. They used to distribute these posters for circulation in local villages.
On the present situation in the Valley, J-K DGP Dilbag Singh said that all the 10 districts of Jammu have become entirely normal with all schools, colleges and offices being in function.
More than 90 per cent of Jammu and Kashmir is free of restrictions, and 100 per cent telephone exchanges are working, the official said.
Earlier on Saturday, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had said that 92.5 per cent of the geographical area of Jammu and Kashmir is free of restrictions.
Jammu and Kashmir was put under virtual curfew on 5 August when the Modi government scrapped the Article 370 and split the state into two union territories.
The Government has affirmed that restrictions in Kashmir are aimed at preventing Pakistan from creating trouble through proxies and terrorists.