Violence ranges in Jammu and Kashmir might have come down by 35 per cent up to now yr however the Ministry of Residence Affairs (MHA) just isn’t drawing any consolation from this quantity and has flagged problems with house grown terrorism gaining floor within the valley.
As per Residence Ministry statistics, a complete of 120 incidents have been reported until July 15 this yr whereas 188 incidents have been reported final yr. However what’s inflicting a severe 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 have been foreigners and 9 are but to be recognized. Remainder of them have been locals. Final yr on this time interval 126 terrorists have been killed.
Nonetheless, Jammu and Kashmir Police denounces that native recruitment is on an increase in valley.
“In 2020 thus far 79 kids have joined numerous terror tanzeems whereas final yr in 2019, 135 have been recognized who joined numerous terror teams,” states Vijay Kumar IGP (Kashmir).
In line 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 not mission floor actuality. Those that are being killed are usually not effectively educated and nor they’re effectively 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 chargeable 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 line with him, armed terrorists at the moment are frequenting Srinagar.
“Two days again, Lashkar terrorists – Ishfaq Rashid and Aijaj Bhat – have 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 have been clear operations and no collateral harm was reported. We have now managed to place a cease to funeral processions and gun salutes additionally,” DGP Dilbagh Singh advised NDTV.
The Residence Ministry factsheet additionally identified that in a major achievement terrorists-initiated violence has seen a drop this yr. As per knowledge until mid-July, solely 21 terrorists initiated incidents have been reported whereas final yr in 2019 as many as 51 incidents have been reported. IED assaults have come down as effectively.
“This yr, just one incident has been reported whereas final yr 6 circumstances of IED have been reported,” explains a senior bureaucrat.