Jammu: Hours after two most wanted terrorists were overpowered and captured by the residents of village Tuckson of Jammu’s Reasi district, Army on Sunday lauded their courage and said that people are now against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and such brave acts are the result of it.
“The Jammu region has witnessed prolonged periods of peace and stability and it has resulted in a number of development initiatives bringing prosperity to the region,” a senior Army official said.
He pointed out that Pakistan is thoroughly disgusted with these developments as Jammu and Kashmir are developing rapidly, whereas the Pak-occupied Kashmir continues to lag behind in all the socio-economic indices.
He said, “With a view to destabilizing the region, attempts are being made to revive terrorism, but people of the region are totally against these attempts. They are determined not to let the region relapse into the dark era of the past few decades where innocents were killed in the name of religion.
“People have now taken it upon themselves to nab these terrorists,” said the officer, adding that Tuckson village is one such village of Bravehearts who have displayed unparalleled courage in capturing two terrorists who were armed to the teeth.
“This shows their determination in marching towards peace and progress,” he maintained.
He further said that the security forces are also assisting the villagers in organizing themselves into Village Defence Committees and giving them the training to operate and fire rifles.
“The villages have become ‘aatmanirbhar’ in the true sense to defend against terrorists,” he added.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has announced Rs 5 lakh cash reward for Tukson Dhok villagers for apprehending the two most-wanted terrorists.
“I salute the bravery of villagers of Tukson Dhok, Reasi, who apprehended two most-wanted terrorists. Such determination by the common man shows the end of terrorism is not far away. UT Government to extend Rs. 5 Lakh cash reward to villagers for the gallant act against terrorists and terrorism,” said the Lt Governor.
The villagers had apprehended two most wanted terrorists of Lashkar-e-Toiba who had reached the area to take shelter after continuing counter-terror operations by the Police and the Army.
Identified as Talib Hussain of Rajouri and Faisal Ahmed Dar of Pulwama, the terrorists were apprehended with two AK rifles, seven grenades, a pistol, and a huge quantity of ammunition.