Anti-terrorist operations intensify amid rising terrorism in Kashmir

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Villagers in Jammu and Kashmir hand over terrorists to the police as the state ups the ante against terrorism.

It happened on Sunday: Two heavily armed LeT terrorists were arrested with two AK assault rifles, seven grenades, a pistol and plenty of ammunition.

  • One was the most wanted LeT commander, Talib Hussain, a resident of Rajouri district and the mastermind of the recent IED explosion in the district; the other, Faisal Ahmad Dar from Pulwama in southern Kashmir.

  • The terrorists had reached Tukson Dhok from Reasi district to take cover after sustained pressure from the police and army, but the villagers showed great courage in apprehending them.

  • Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and DGP Dilbag Singh congratulated the villagers for their bravery and announced cash rewards for them.

Counter-Terrorist Operations: A total of 120 terrorists have been killed in Kashmir till June 29 this year. Thirty-two of them were foreign terrorists.

  • This is a huge spike from last year, when 55 terrorists were killed in the corresponding period and only two were foreigners.

  • This is due to a multi-pronged strategy with better operational synergy adopted by the security forces.

Smart inputs: A terrorist is eliminated within 72 hours of intelligence input received from multiple sources, including human and technical intelligence.

  • Rapid action based on intelligence inputs from the field limited the areas of terrorist activity. This forced the foreign ultras to come out into the open and expose themselves.

  • With improved human and technical intelligence and targeted operations, the survival rate of terrorists drops dramatically.

  • Residents of the state are fed up with terrorism and are actively trying to distance themselves from the threat by providing information to security forces.

Young people still in arms: Around 70 to 75 young people joined terrorist groups until the end of June, according to one estimate.

  • This was the figure for the whole of 2021, which means that the increase in counter-terrorism operations has not had a deterrent effect.

  • More than 64% of young people who engage in terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir are killed within a year.

  • Only 26.6% survive longer than 12 months, while the fate of 9.3% of young people who take the path of terror is unknown.

  • The army is in contact with the families, asking for their help to convince the young people not to take up arms.

Rise of terrorism: Sixty-two incidents of terrorist activity were recorded up to May 23 this year, compared to 31 during the corresponding period last year.

  • The state has also witnessed several targeted killings of Hindus from Kashmir and Hindu migrants from other parts of the country.

  • A suspected terrorist attack on the Amarnath Yatra was foiled by security forces and two terrorists were killed.

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