On Kashmir pitch, security forces brace up for decisive 2020 against militants
Dec 31: Come 2020, security forces are bracing up for a decisive battle against
militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
acquiring new weapons to fine-tuning intelligence techniques, security forces
are trying everything in their arsenal to deal a final blow to militancy in
abrogation of Article 370 and reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir into two
union territories, Centre is directly handling the situation in the Union
territory. Sources said focus has shifted to eradicating rather than containing
militancy in 2020.
not want to use words like decisive. There will be challenges. We hope 2020 is
peaceful. Challenges of law and order, and militancy, to a certain extent, will
remain”, said Ravideep Sahi, Inspector General of Central Reserve Police Force
(CRPF), Srinagar Sector.
abrogation of Article 370, anti-militancy operations have been hit hard in the
valley. Less than a dozen gunfights were witnessed in four months leaving 18
militants dead. Prior to August 5, security forces had gone all out killing 105
28 militants were killed in May, two months after a 21 year old local suicide
bomber Adil Dar, carried out the deadliest attack when he rammed his
explosive-laden vehicle into a CRPF convoy along the Srinagar-Jammu national
highway at Lethpora-Pulwama, killing 40 personnel and injuring dozen others on
forces went all guns blazing out against Jaish-e-Mohammad and killed local
“key conspirator” of the attack almost a month later. Over 50
militants of the group, including the operational chief of the Jaish, were
killed in encounters.
31 security men, including some officers, were also killed in the operations.
Many senior officers were wounded in gunfights. As many as 80 security
personnel have been killed in Kashmir region till December.
security review is a continuous process. Depending on the ground dynamics and
emerging trends our responses are fine-tuned”, said Sahi.
abrogation of Article 370, security forces have been battling heightened
tensions and over 50,000 additional forces were inducted into the Valley to
anti-militancy grid was hit hard as information about the militants dried
up. “Although we have got successes
against militants, yet we should continue our efforts with coordinated strategies
to ensure long lasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir. Collective measure needs to
be taken to tackle any situation and subversive act by militants”, Dilbag
Singh, director general of Jammu and Kashmir police, recently told his
however said internet blockade badly impacted the fight against militancy in
2019. “Internet is not functioning and that might have hampered overall
intelligence system. That must have affected (anti-militancy operations)”, said
Dr SP Vaid, former director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir.
only hinterland, there have been very few gunfights along the Line of Control
in 2019. Last year 60 militants were killed on LoC while trying to infiltrate.
tensions escalated on the LoC post August 5 with both armies targeting each
other on regular basis. Official figures
reveal there have been 3200 ceasefire violations on the LoC in 2019 compared to
1629 in 2018. In August, 307 ceasefire
violations were reported on LoC followed by 351 in September, 351 in October
and 304 in November. Earlier in January February, March, April, May, June and
July, 205, 215, 267, 234, 22,181 and 296 ceasefire violations were recorded on
abrogation of Article 370, civilian killings by unidentified gunmen have
increased. In October, data shows that 15 civilians were killed — highest in a
month this year. Of them, 11 were non-local laborers, truckers and traders who
were shot dead in volatile south Kashmir. Of the 50 civilian killings were
reported this year, a majority were killed by unidentified gunmen.
2020; security forces want to leave behind the last year’s reverses to take on
militants with iron fist. “There should be a decisive fight against militancy
in 2020”, said Dr Vaid.