Militancy continues to increase in J and K: Report
27 April 2000
New Delhi: Militancy continued to be on the increase in Jammu and Kashmir following reverses suffered in Kargil by Pakistan with Government responding to the challenges in a calculated manner, the 1999-2000 report of the Union Home Ministry said today. Mercenaries-backed terrorism of diabolical nature in J and K, sinister designs to resuscitate an almost subdued militancy in Punjab, ethnic-related violence in the North East, Left Wing extremism in Naxalite-infested states and private Senas in Bihar leading to horrific caste wars engaged the attention of the Centre through the year, it said. The Home Ministry responded to these challenges ''with calculated strategy and action plans, both short-term and long-term, encompassing optimum deployment of para-military forces to assist state government fight terrorists, militants and organised gangs''. The Ministry also made provision of modern arms and equipment to para-military forces, modernisation of state police forces and reimbursement of security-related expenditure to states affected by militancy and Left Wing extremist violence. Intensive border patrolling and programmes to wean away misguided youth drawn into the vortex of militancy were among other steps initiated by the Government to blunt onslaught of militancy sponsored by Pakistan. PTI report.