Local villagers helped the army catch a terrorist in south Kashmir. The militant had been demanding money from the villagers for funding the terror machinery in the valley.
“On January 7, two masked men barged into the house of a local resident and threatened him to hand over Rs50,000 for the tanzeem (militant outfit) cause or face the consequences”, said a defence spokesman at Srinagar. The victim approached the local army and police units. Following a tip-off, a joint team raided a hideout and recovered an AK 56 rifle with 30 rounds and 10 toy pistols.
“The locals also volunteered to guide the security forces to the place where the terrorist was hiding. The terrorist was successfully apprehended”, the defence spokesman said. “This is a sign of change and an indication that people have faith in the security forces,” he said.