Hizbul Mujahideen: Death over surrender: Hardened local terrorists a concern for security forces | India News
“Native terrorists recruited by Hizbul Mujahideen had carried out a fidayeen strike at a CRPF camp in Pulwama on December 31, 2017. Till then, suicide assaults have been identified to be the protect of ‘well-trained and dedicated’ overseas terrorists pushed into J&Okay by Pakistan-based terror outfits like Jaish or LeT. One other worrying development is the willpower of native Hizbul to not give up even when overpowered by the safety forces. They aren’t even responding to appeals from their households,” a senior officer of the safety institution identified.
Even the profile of the new-age Kashmiri terrorist has modified. New recruits of Hizbul Mujahideen are largely educated and from well-off households, with some employed within the police/Military or as academics/professors. “This exhibits lack of employment just isn’t an element driving them to militancy. Kashmiri youth are prepared to sacrifice their jobs to take up weapons,” stated an officer.
Sources stated native recruitment is up regardless of the neutralisation of 203 terrorists final yr and round 60 up to now this yr.
“Recruits are getting added quicker than the forces are eliminating terrorists. Whereas the variety of lively terrorists within the state was estimated to be 150-200 final yr, we’re speaking of a quantity near 300 now,” stated an intelligence operative.
A mix of things is seen as driving Kashmiri youth in direction of terrorism. The killing of civilians in not less than two encounters in Shopian in January and February appears to have triggered anger amongst younger Kashmiris. “The Kathua rape case might have additional contributed to the anger,” an officer stated.
A authorities official conceded the announcement of amnesty for stone-pelters has not had the specified deterrent impact. “Whereas we’re able to tackling 300 terrorists working in J&Okay, the actual concern is that commoners are popping out to disrupt encounters,” stated the officer.