Spooked over pinpointed intelligence, here is why Hizbul wants cops targeted
Srinagar, Sep 20: A desperate Hizbul Mujahideen had on Wednesday issued a warning to all police officials in Jammu and Kashmir. It said that if they do not resign from their posts, they would be killed along with their families.
The warning comes in the wake of an abduction drama and also the killing of several security personnel by terrorists when they had come home on leave.
This is not the first time that the Hizbul Mujahideen has given a clarion call to target policemen and their families. Loosely the message from the Hizbul read that the policemen should be targeted because they draw government salaries. While it may seem like madness, C D Sahay, the former Chief of the Research and Analysis Wing says that it is a planned move with a clear objective.
Sahay explains that there is a clear change in pattern. They used to target central government establishments earlier. Now they have broadened that arc. Even in the 1990s when militancy was at its peak, local police men were not being targeted. In those days the militants tried to win over the policemen rather than killing them. After the restoration of normalcy following the madness of the 1990s, the police had become extremely active. The local police were able to get pin-pointed information.
The other forces in the Valley who did not have their routes in the state would rely heavily on the local police for information. The local police know each and every family. Kashmir in that sense is a very interactive and closely integrated society. The police have always known who is a militant and who is not, says Sahay.
The former R&AW chief explains, thanks to the pin-pointed information given by the police, the security forces have launched highly successful operations in recent times. Earlier on, the Special Operation Group of the Kashmir police had become a dreaded forces for the terrorists in the Valley. This force knew each and every individual.
He further says that, if one looks at the recent past, every operation of the forces has been backed by the pin-pointed information given by the local police. More importantly the police were getting real time information and not after several days. This has started becoming dangerous for militants.
Sahay says that if one looks at the life span of a Hizbul Mujahideen commander it is very short. The forces have successfully reduced their life span to one year after they have taken over as commanders. The local police are aware of their location and the information shared with the security forces helps get these commanders with much ease. Recently the NIA and the ED too launched probes into terror funding.
The local police have plenty of information on this and this in turn has become dangerous for the militants. Moreover the information being imparted is helping the security forces gun for the big fish, C D Sahay says. This time pressure is intense. The intent of the government is loud and clear. This is real reason why they are going after the police as the militants want them to stop providing information to the security forces. It is not madness by the militants, but a very planned operation with a clear objective, he also explains.