Srinagar: This year has seen a rise in militancy in the Kashmir valley with the Army reporting 100 per cent increase in infiltration from across the border.
There have been six attacks on village heads and encounters near the Line of Control in the last few weeks. Once again there is a peak in militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir. The Army says 280-300 militants are active in the valley. What is worse is that the Army says another 300 may be still waiting in camps within Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
Lt Gen KT Parnaik, General Officer Commanding, Northern Command, said, "This year, there have been 45 attempts made by infiltrators to come in but MAC figures reveal there were 15 attempts made till June in which 35 to 38 militants have succeeded in infiltrating."
Ten foreign militants including a top Lashkar commander Hanzullah were killed on Friday in Handwara. Police sources say that with the foriegn cadre hit badly, the militants are increasingly relying on the local Kashmiri youth.
Several terror modules have been identified. They believe Lashkar-e-Toiba has mainly renewed its network especially in south Kashmir by recruiting the young faceless youth.
Dr BN Ramesh, IG, CRPF, said, "It is a new desperate strategy. They may not be getting ideologically oriented hardcore people but they are using the unemployment problem, poverty problem in a sense with an unknown face."
Militancy this year is showing signs of a slow revival in South Kashmir where the graph of violence had come down drastically. Owing to this, several hundred Sarpanches elected after three decades in last year's Panchayat polls have resigned across Kashmir fearing reprisals by militants. To counter the fear, the Army has again started night patrolling in the areas.