Violence ranges in Jammu and Kashmir might have come down by 35 per cent up to now yr however the Ministry of House Affairs (MHA) shouldn’t be drawing any consolation from this quantity and has flagged problems with dwelling grown terrorism gaining floor within the valley.
As per House Ministry statistics, a complete of 120 incidents have been reported until July 15 this yr whereas 188 incidents had been reported final yr. However what’s inflicting a critical concern is the variety of native terrorists getting killed indicating that recruitment is on the rise within the valley.
As per MHA knowledge, out of the 136 terrorists killed until mid-July this yr solely 15 had been foreigners and 9 are but to be recognized. Remainder of them had been locals. Final yr on this time interval 126 terrorists had been killed.
Nonetheless, Jammu and Kashmir Police denounces that native recruitment is on an increase in valley.
“In 2020 thus far 79 children have joined varied terror tanzeems whereas final yr in 2019, 135 had been recognized who joined varied terror teams,” states Vijay Kumar IGP (Kashmir).
In keeping with him, out of 79 native teenagers who joined terror teams, 38 have been killed and 12 have been arrested. “As of now 29 native terrorists who’ve been recruited this yr are working within the valley,” he provides.
“Statistics alone can’t venture floor actuality. Those that are being killed aren’t properly educated and nor they’re properly outfitted,” states Avinash Mohananey, former Joint Director of Intelligence Bureau who dealt with the Kashmir desk for over a decade.
In the meantime, Jammu Kashmir Police has named three hard-core Hizbul Mujahideen operatives – Zakir Musa, Riyaz Naikoo and Burhan Koka – all locals however dreaded terrorists liable for many heinous acts, getting killed in encounters in South Kashmir.
One more reason that has alarm bells ringing within the North Block is encounters happening in plains and in Srinagar.
“Earlier such encounters used to happen in hilly areas however now even in plains presence of native terrorists is there and this can be a explanation for concern,” a senior functionary in MHA discloses.
In keeping with him, armed terrorists are actually frequenting Srinagar.
“Two days again, Lashkar terrorists – Ishfaq Rashid and Aijaj Bhat – had been killed in Srinagar metropolis. It is a harmful pattern,” he factors out, including earlier in Could, Junaid Serhai, a prime Hizbul commander was additionally killed in Nawakadal in Srinagar.
“A lot of the operations within the valley had been clear operations and no collateral harm was reported. We’ve got managed to place a cease to funeral processions and gun salutes additionally,” DGP Dilbagh Singh instructed NDTV.
The House Ministry factsheet additionally identified that in a big achievement terrorists-initiated violence has seen a drop this yr. As per knowledge until mid-July, solely 21 terrorists initiated incidents had been reported whereas final yr in 2019 as many as 51 incidents had been reported. IED assaults have come down as properly.
“This yr, just one incident has been reported whereas final yr 6 instances of IED had been reported,” explains a senior bureaucrat.