‘Changing Trends’ In Militant Attacks ‘disturb’ JK Police

‘Changing Trends’ In Militant Attacks ‘disturb’ JK Police

28 May 2013
Greater Kashmir
Shabir ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: Worried over the spurt in militancy related incidents in Kashmir in the recent past, the Jammu and Kashmir police have issued an advisory to the force to “remain cautious.” Police is also studying the changing trend in attacks and also ‘examine’ if the spurt was fallout of the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru. During this police records maintain that 19 security personnel and nine militants were killed in different parts of Kashmir in different incidents. Besides Army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security Force (BSF), nine personnel of Jammu and Kashmir police have also been killed in these attacks. If the death count is compared with previous year, only 17 security force personnel 84 militants were killed. Police records mention that the first attack on police this year was on March 2 in Handwara Tehsil of frontier district of Kupwara when two policemen were shot dead from point blank range outside a bus stand. Only 10 days after, militants struck in Bemina in Srinagar and killed five CRPF personnel. Two militants were also killed in the attack. Later, four cops were killed in Hygam area of Sopore and a police officer was killed in Pulwama. Police said these attacks are worrying and need to be countered. “These attacks are worrying. In most of attacks our men have been targeted,” J&K Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad told Greater Kashmir, adding except Pulwama where an ASI was killed, all attacks were reportedly carried out by Hizbul Mujahedeen (HM). “We have issued advisory and have asked our men to be very cautious and remain fully equipped. We have asked them to use bullet proof vehicles, coats and move in any area with all intelligence inputs available with them. Every facility is with police and they have been asked to avail all such facilities,” Prasad said, adding that police is fully equipped to counter attacks. The DGP said there seems a “changing trend” in attacks and that is being studied. “The matter was discussed in Core Group meeting and every security agency has been asked to study the trend. It needs to be seen whether only HM has changed attack trends or other militant groups also,” he said and added that the study will take some time. Prasad said the spurt in attacks have been witnessed after the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru on February 9 in Tihar jail. “These attacks might be one of the fallouts of his hanging and that too is being studied,” he said.