Srinagar, Asserting that Pulwama suicide bombing that left 40 CRPF jawans dead was masterminded by Jaish-e-Mohammed and ISI, a senior Army official said within less than 100 hours of the attack top JeM leadership was tracked and gunned down.
Urging local militants to shun the path of violence and join mainstream, 15 Corps Commander Lt Gen K J S Dhillon asserted anyone who picks up gun will be eliminated unless he surrenders.
“Ever since the February 14 attack on CRPF, we were tracking down the leadership of JeM in Kashmir valley. The convoy attack was carried by JeM of Pakistan and it was being controlled by Pakistan with active support of ISI and Pakistan Army,” Lt Gen Dhillon, flanked by Inspector General of Police S P Pani and IG CRPF Zulfiqar Hasan, said in a press conference here on Tuesday.
He said the top JeM commanders, most of them from Pakistan, who were incharge of coordinating and execution of this operation, were the main people of the militant outfit in the valley.
He said following specific information, this JeM module was eliminated. “I’m happy to inform the country that in less than 100 hours eliminated the JeM leadership which was being handled by Pakistan,” he said.
On Monday, three JeM militants, including two Pakistan nationals, were killed in a 16-hour-long encounter at Pinglan in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, about 12 km from the site of the February 14 attack. An Army major and five others were also killed in the gunfight.