Srinagar: There are rising concerns that militancy seems to be staging a comeback after Afzal Guru's execution in Kashmir. Is this a deliberate strategy to divert attention from security forces who's focus is more on law and order?
On March 2, terrorists shot policemen from a close distance in Handwara, North Kashmir. On March 13, a fidayeen attack on a CRPF camp left five personnel dead in Bemina, Srinagar. On March 19, a teenage boy was shot dead by terrorists in Sopore. On March 21, an audacious attack on the BSF killed a soldier and wounded two others.
Four terror attacks and it is only the middle of March. Add to that the killing of village sarpanch Javeed Wani on February 24 in Baramulla. The question everyone is asking - is terrorism back to haunt Kashmir. But police insist things are under control. JK DGP Ashok Prasad said, "We are nowhere close to zero incident situation. Although, number of incidents are less than previous year, we have had series of incidents because of our pre-occupation with other things."
And the policemen are upbeat that they cracked the fidayeen attack case within 48 hours. Prasad said, "Definitely militancy incidents is a serious threat and we will tackle it according to intelligence information. Over-reacting on this situation is also not good. They are changing their strategies but we have our own counter-strategies."
That said, the Opposition People's Democratic Party has lost not time targetting the Omar Abdullah government for the downturn in the security situation. Going by the spike of incidents, these are worrying times for security agencies.