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Rise in recruitment of militants in valley raises serious concerns about our security approach in the region

CRPF vehicle attacked by Militants

As per statement given by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, a total of 619 terrorist have been executed in Jammu and Kashmir, indicating an overall internal security of the country. He also stated that the ceasefire in Ramadan is temporary suspension of operations to be resumed to uproot militants from India occupied Kashmir. But the current reports indicate a different story that paints a worrisome picture.

The open statement issued by Lashkar-e- Taiba (LeT) spokesperson Abdullah Ghaznavi, to a news agency in Srinagar claiming responsibility of the attack suggests that militants are strengthening their grip in the region. Ghaznavi boasted about the ‘Fidayeen’ (suicide) attack at the Rashtriya Rifles camp in Hajin in which three soldiers were killed.  However police reports contradicting it suggests that the attack by militants at the camp was not a suicide attack but
Militants fired grenades at the camp and used heavy volume of automatic gunfire which was retaliated by the guards at the camp.

The aggressiveness and boldness of militants have witnessed a consistent hike. The 96 Battalion CRPF van which was attacked by militants recently in at Lazibal in Anantnag district makes it all the more evident.

Despite the ceasefire declared in the region during the holy month serious militancy security threats have been faced by security personnel.  As per reports local recruitment of militants have increased from the most volatile districts such as Shopian and Pulwama. Youngsters in Kashmir are subscribing to extremist groups including ISIS-Kashmir and Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a group which claims support of the Al-Qaeda, which certainly a grave security threats.

As per the report submitted by CID to Union Home Ministry there has been consistent increase in number of youth joining militant organisation in last three years.  In 2017 more than 126 youths joined terrorists groups which is recorded as the highest number since 2010. Looking at the current set of events it will not be incorrect to assume that 2018 may prove worst in terms of youth joining terrorist groups.

The proportion of government security operations for executing militants is highly being challenged to rising number of youth joining militancy. Which should not be ignored.

There is a need to revisit our security approach and strategy in the region in order to address this disproportion and further making the region free from militancy.

Till now government has opted for working on either dialogue or hard power. There is a need to find a balanced ground instead of going by the extreme approaches. We cannot ignore the fact that separatist groups would never come on a ground to resolve the conflict because that is their basis of existence in the valley however their impact on people is something we can control by countering it with psychological counter attacks with boosting development prospects in the region.

Yes, security operations cannot not be stopped but can be executed in manner that they not boasted at least. The glorification of death of militants in the region is actually a cross boasting that has resulted out of loud security operations.

Redesigning our security strategy both hard and soft needs a micro developmental approach with strong and subtle security operation in order to restore peace in the region.

 

About the author

Gurpreet Kaur

Gurpreet Kaur

I am a national security analyst. Before joining The Voice of Nation, I worked as a National Policy Researcher for a public policy think-tank. A Lady Shri Ram college alumni with a Political Science degree, I like creating public policy awareness around India’s homeland security. My writings are largely inspired by the socio-political factors, both external and internal, affecting security of the country.

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