Fall of the J&K premises that join the militancy, but the infiltration from Pakistan continues incessantly

SRINAGAR: The number of Kashmir youth who join the terrorist ranks has decreased significantly after the repeal of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and the fork of the state in Union territories, but there were not many changes in the pattern of the infiltration attempts through the Control Line (LoC), according to official data.

28 young people joined the ranks of terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir between August 5, 2019 and January 26, 2020, according to an internal document prepared by security agencies.

This represents a 60 percent drop compared to the number of young people who joined the militancy in Kashmir between January 1, 2019 and August 4, 2019, which saw 105 young people join the terrorist ranks, mainly in the districts of Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam and southern Kashmir. Shopian

While an average of 15 young people were absorbed by the scourge of militancy every month until August 5 of last year, this number dropped significantly to only 5.6 per month after that, according to the document.

On August 5 of last year, the Center ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and forked the state into Union territories: Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

According to the document, in general, in 2019 there was a 35 percent drop in the new recruitment in militant ranks compared to 2018. While 135 young people joined the militancy in 2019, 199 had risen in arms in 2018.

Officials, however, said the figures may be lower, since many of the assets of intelligence agencies were cut due to the repression of telecommunications after August 5.

On the infiltration front, Pakistan's attempts to push more terrorists into the Valley continued unabated, as 133 militants managed to sneak into Jammu and Kashmir.

Up to 211 terrorists attempted to infiltrate the territory of the union over the past year, but 74 of them had to return to Pakistan's occupied Kashmir (PoK), while four others were killed by the infiltration alert grid, according to the document.

Security agencies believe that the situation in the newly created trade union territory has improved in 2019, despite the fact that a terrorist carried out a fatal suicide car bomb attack in Pulwama that left 40 CRPF jaws dead on February 14. last year.

The agencies claim that the incident did not demoralize the security forces, which have hit the terrorists hard.