60% drop in locals joining militancy post Article 370 abrogation
Feb 4: The number of Kashmiri youth joining militant ranks has dropped
significantly after the repeal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and
bifurcation of the state into union territories but there was not much change
in the pattern of infiltration attempts through the Line of Control (LoC),
according to the official data.
28 youths joined the ranks of militants in Jammu and Kashmir between August 5,
2019 and January 26, 2020, says an internal document prepared by the security
represents a 60 per cent drop compared to the number of youths joining the
militancy in Kashmir between January 1, 2019 and August 4, 2019, which saw 105
youths join the militant ranks, mostly in south Kashmir districts of Pulwama,
Anantnag, Kulgam and Shopian.
an average 15 youths joined militancy every month till August 5 last year, this
number came down significantly to just 5.6 youths per month after that, as per
Centre had on August 5 last year ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir
under Article 370 and bifurcated the state into union territories – Jammu and
Kashmir, and Ladakh.
to the document, overall 2019 saw a drop of 35 per cent in fresh recruitment in
militant ranks compared to 2018. While 135 youths joined militancy in 2019, 199
had taken to arms in 2018.
however, said the figures may be less as many of the assets of intelligence
agencies were cut-off due to the telecommunication clampdown post August 5.
the infiltration front, the attempts by Pakistan to push more militants into
the Valley continued unabated as 133 militants managed to sneak into Jammu and
many as 211 militants attempted to infiltrate in the union territory during the
past year but 74 of them had to return to Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK)
while four others were killed by the alert counter-infiltration grid, as per
security agencies feel that the situation in the newly created union territory
has improved in 2019, despite a militant carrying out a deadly suicide car bomb
attack at Pulwama that left 40 CRPF personnel dead on February 14 last year.