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Sopore attacks: Why former militants are the targets?

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    Imtiyaz Ahmad Kandroo and Abdul Qayoom Najar are the two Hizbul Mujahideen militants who have been orchestrating the mysterious attacks at Sopore in Kashmir.

    With the police announcing a Rs 10 lakh reward on their head, it becomes clear that it was in fact the Hizbul Mujahideen which was carrying out these attacks in which mobile towers were targeted and six persons were mysteriously killed.

    Why former militants are the targets?

    The Hizbul and the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba which operate together in Kashmir had announced on Monday that they would target all former militants who have broken away from them and have become informers of the Indian government.

    The battle vs former militants:

    In the past five years, there have been 18,000 militants of the Lashkar and the Hizbul in all capacities who have surrendered before the police. While some are facing a jail term many others have completed their terms and are helping the police maintain sanctity in Kashmir.

    Also read: Sopore attacks: What you need to known about the Lashkar-e-Islam

    The fact that the Intelligence Bureau and the Kashmir police have roped in these militants to ensure that peace is maintained and youth are prevented from taking up arms is something that the Hizbul and Lashkar have not been able to target. Last Monday they decided to intensify their efforts in Kashmir and target their former members.

    Blaming Manohar Parrikar:

    The militants of the Lashkar and the Hizbul were quick to blame Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for the spate of attacks in Kashmir. They said that the Defence Minister had clearly stated that these former militants would fight against the Lashkar and the Hizbul.

    However the tone and tenor of the Defence Minister's statement was completely misunderstood. Officials say that the minister did not mean to say that the former militants would be taking up arms and fighting the terrorists from Pakistan.

    There has been a militant rehabilitation package for several years now. Those who have realized that that Pakistan is not serious about the Kashmir issue and are instead trying to disrupt peace in India have called upon the Indian government to give them a chance. The Indian government on its part puts these persons to trial and after they serve out their sentence are roped in for community service.

    Also read: Sopore attacks: Militants trying revival and survival

    As part of the service some hand out information about the terrorist bases while many others are involved in a programme to prevent youth from taking up arms.

    Insecurity grows among militants:

    Indian Intelligence officials say that the militant groups are bound to step up the offensive. As pointed out earlier they want to ensure that they are heard and do not want to surrender to India.

    They will continue to target the former militants as they would want to send across a strong message that quitters won't be tolerated. India on the other hand will ensure that there is more protection provided to rehabilitated militants.

    IB officials say that there is an utmost need to guard such persons as they are helping India will a great deal of information that has helped bust several terrorists networks in Jammu and Kashmir.

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