How demonetisation foiled terror bid in J-K

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Another plan of creating unrest in Jammu and Kashmir was recently foiled by security forces. According to intelligence sources, three terrorists from Pakistan had come into the Valley with a plan of creating another unrest. These men were subsequently killed in an encounter with security forces on Thursday in Arwani, Anantnag.

However, the lack of local support and quick action by the armed forces ensured that they were unsuccessful in their venture.

Arwani encounter

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The terrorists, Amin Dhar, Waseem Mattoo and Ahmad Zargar were launched into the Valley by Lashkar-e-Tayiba. The original plan was to carry out an attack, but for this, they needed the support of the locals who would once again come out on the streets and pelt stones.
A senior officer with the Jammu and Kashmir police informed OneIndia that the plan fell flat for various reasons. First and foremost, the terrorists got no local support from the stone pelters, since their paymasters have not been able to pay them after demonetisation.

Fatigued and demonetised:
The officer noted that the unrest in the Valley lasted nearly five months. "There is also this fatigue factor that has crept in and people have decided to go about their lives normally. The terrorists who are being launched from Pakistan are not finding the necessary local support. Moreover, with winter setting in, activity on the streets has also dropped drastically," the officer also notes.

The terrorists were expecting local support. But the security forces were able to corner and gun them down easily as they found no support locally. Documents and material seized from the terrorists suggested that they were in the Valley for a long haul. Had they managed to dodge security agencies and found local support then Kashmir would have started at another round of unrest.

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