New Delhi, Aug 11: If one were to do the math in Jammu and Kashmir, something sure does not seem to be adding up. Barring a few stray incidents, infiltrations from Pakistan are nill, but the past few months have seen a series of attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
The problem, Intelligence Bureau officials say is the rise in the number of locals either donning militant clothes or playing the sympathizer.
The government in Jammu and Kashmir is carrying out a clean up act after it had been found that some policemen and government officials had mysteriously vanished only to end up with the militants. The case of Naseer Ahmed, a police constable who quit his job and took up militancy is one such example of this.
Mohammad Naved will have the answers:
The journey of Mohammad Naved, the terrorist who carried out the Udhampur strikes will provide key answers to the problem of local help. The police is already looking for a businessman who is alleged to have paid him some money. It is being explored, but there is nothing concrete as of now, says an NIA officer to OneIndia.
However what is clear is that the journey he took within Kashmir was done so with much ease and there was plenty of local help for him, the NIA official states. There have been several persons part of his journey who have knowingly and unknowingly helped him and all these persons will be questioned by the NIA.
The modules of Kashmir:
With infiltration becoming difficult, there appears to be a strategy to indoctrinate youth from within the state itself. The battle in Kashmir was more or less fought all these years by a majority of infiltrators from Pakistan.
However if one looks at the recent spate of attacks that have taken place, it is quite evident that they were all undertaken by local militants. The Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range, Mujtaba Gilani said that there has been a rise in the number of locals being recruited.
The attacks on the telecom sector at Kashmir recently was a result of the anger of the local militants. They were upset that the devices that they had attached to the government owned telecom towers were busted by the local police as a result of which communication with their Pakistan handlers came to a standstill.
Need to engage the youth:
The government in Jammu and Kashmir feels that there is a need to engage the youth. There are two sides to the problem.
On one hand, a handful of unemployed youth are taking up arms in a bid to increase separatist violence in the state. On the other it has also been found several educated youth too are joining the ranks of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Hizbul Mujahideen.
The youth need to be given something meaningful to do. There seems to be a sudden surge in the number of youth taking up arms. While it is clear ploy by Pakistan to increase local militants in Jammu and Kashmir, the army feels that the problem can still be curbed by engaging the youth in meaningful activity.