Sources within the central safety institution attributed the constructive indicators to concerted efforts by the UT administration to interact J&Ok youths with entrepreneurship initiatives and leisure actions like sports activities, and so forth. Of the 57 locals who joined terror ranks till July 16 this 12 months, 34 have been neutralised and 11 have surrendered, leaving solely 12 new recruits nonetheless lively, as per information associated to terrorism in J&Ok accessed by TOI.
As many as 78 terrorists have been killed in counter-terror operations throughout the UT until July 16 this 12 months, down from 123 within the first half of 2020. Officers stated the decrease numbers have been largely on account of the slowdown in counter-terror engagements coinciding with the lockdown imposed because of the second wave of Covid-19. “The encounters have picked up previously few days and plenty of terrorists have been neutralised,” stated an officer.
Round half a dozen safety power personnel have been killed until July 16 this 12 months, as in opposition to 62 safety personnel killed by way of 2020. Additionally, 14 civilians have been killed by terrorists this 12 months (until July 16) as in opposition to 37 killed by way of final 12 months. Explaining the autumn in numbers of native youths becoming a member of terror outfits, a senior authorities official claimed that the push to entrepreneurship by way of measures equivalent to providing business autos to kids for self-employment, ability growth initiatives and constructive engagement by way of sports activities and different leisure actions helped dissuade native youths from selecting up the gun.
A complete clampdown on gatherings at funerals of slain terrorists ensured that there have been no “breeding grounds” for potential terrorists. “It was seen that funerals of felled terrorists provided conducive situations for radicalising younger Kashmiris to insurgent and selecting the trail of violence. Every funeral would earlier drive not less than 3-Four locals to hitch terrorism,” an officer instructed TOI.