J&K Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Tuesday said that police and other security forces are gearing up to ensure a smooth Amarnath pilgrimage this year while anti-militancy operations will be intensified ahead of the Yatra.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at Samba district, DGP, as per a news agency— said that in the past few years, there have been a series of successful anti-militancy operations ahead of the annual pilgrimage of Amarnath commencing on June 30, “we will intensify the operations against the militants.”

“The security situation is much better than in the past. We have been able to track down all the militants who carry out civilian killings and those involved in killing security forces personnel. We have got solid leads about the killing of two Railway Protection Police Force personnel, and very soon, we will catch those involved,” he said, adding that so many lesser-known outfits have claimed responsibility for the attack on Railway cops. “The fact remains that these all are the offshoots of Lashkar-e-Toiba,” he said.

The DGP said that the foreign militants are using fake identity cards to hide their identities. “We killed two foreign militants in Srinagar who were carrying fake identity proof,” he said. He said that the weapon consignments are being sent through drones, including Ak-47s, pistols, etc.

“In cities like Srinagar, pistol-bound militants, rather new recruits, attacks on civilians are being carried out. Recruits are being given pistols and grenades to show their commitment,” the DGP said.

He said that police were strengthening their network to crack down on those involved in the recent commission of crimes. “Those involved in the killing of civilians, non-locals and railway cops will be either arrested or neutralised,” he said.