J-K Cong expresses concern over 'rising militancy' in Rajouri-Poonch belt

Updated: Sep 19 2023 6:48PM

Jammu, Sep 19 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir unit of Congress on Tuesday expressed concern over the “rising militancy” in Rajouri and Poonch and demanded the setting up of security check posts and strengthening of Village Defence Guards (VDGs) in the twin border districts.

At least 26 terrorists and 11 security personnel were killed this year in a series of encounters along the Line of Control (LoC) and in other areas in the two districts, where seven civilians were also killed in targeted attacks by terrorists.

“We are concerned over the spike in militancy related incidents in the twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch due to fresh infiltration of terrorists. The Lt Governor-led administration should step up vigil, deploy security forces and strengthen village defence mechanisms in all remote and vulnerable areas,” Congress working president Raman Bhalla said.