After Peaceful 2011, Security Agencies Fear Fresh Militant Recruitments

After Peaceful 2011, Security Agencies Fear Fresh Militant Recruitments

8 January 2012
Rising Kashmir
Asem Mohiuddin

Srinagar: After declaring 2011 as one of the most peaceful years in 22-year-old turmoil in the State, security agencies apprehend that militants may go for fresh recruitment in Valley to overcome the losses suffered by them in previous years. Highly placed sources said all the security agencies operating in the State are worried over fresh recruitment of militants in the Valley. “We fear that militant groups might lure young boys to militancy on different pretexts. They may exploit young and teenage boys in North and south Kashmir,” they said. “Militants might exploit vulnerable youth in Sopore, some pockets of Lolab and Rajwar area in border district of Kupwara, where militancy is still intact. Militants are likely to exploit other such places in North and South Kashmir and try to make fresh recruitments,” they said. They said security agencies have devised a strategy to concentrate on militancy influenced pockets of the Valley to prevent militants from making fresh recruitments. “The thrust of forces and intelligence agencies would be on sensitive areas besides the places where militants are still present. Continuous pressure will be exerted on militants presently operating in the Valley,” sources said. They said the move has been decided to ensure peaceful 2012 and keep control on militancy. Declaring South Kashmir barring Tral and Pulwama as militancy free, sources said some militants are present in Pulwama. “The organized militancy has almost been wiped out in South Kashmir and efforts are on to neutralize the militants, who are operating in Tral and Pulwama,” they said. A top security official said invisible militancy would pose challenge to security agencies in 2012 as it has a potential to operate for a longer time. Analyzing peace prospects of 2012, he said peace in Valley is directly linked to rise or fall in infiltration attempts of militants from across the Line of Control (LoC). “While the police and paramilitary forces have done commendable job last year, peace in 2012 will solely depend on army’s efforts to stop infiltration of militants on LoC. Militants may make desperate attempts to sneak into Kashmir and cause disturbances this year,” they said. IG CRPF, Ravi Prakash Meharda said if militants fail to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir, they may go for local recruitment to keep a balance on their dwindling numbers. “I think militants have lost influence over local population and there are fewer chances that youth would join militancy. However, if there are no infiltration on borders, definitely militants will try to exploit youth and lure them to militancy,” he said. Prakash said forces would be extra alert and vigilant this year to ensure that 2012 too passes of peacefully.