Only One Of 8 Militant Attacks Solved

Only One Of 8 Militant Attacks Solved

29 June 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Majid Jahangir

Srinagar: The police has been able to achieve a breakthrough in only one of the many militant attacks so far this year. The police has only been able to crack the Bemina fidayeen attack, carried out on March 13. In the first six months, 27 security men have been killed in eight deadly strikes, four of which were carried out in Srinagar city. Police sources said though militants involved in most of these attacks had been identified, the police has not been able to track any of them. The upward trend of violence started on March 2 when two policemen were shot dead near the old bus stand at Handwara in north Kashmir in broad day light. The policemen were on a law and order duty. The police said Hizbul Mujahideen was responsible for the attack, but so far the police has not made any substantial breakthrough in the case. In the first fidayeen attack after nearly three years in the Valley, five CRPF personnel and two militants were killed in Bemina on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. The police was able to crack the case by arresting a Pakistani militant, a local guide and two other persons who had facilitated the attack. Many deadly attacks have taken place since the Bemina fidayeen attack, but no breakthrough has been achieved yet in any of the cases. “While the number of militants now in the Valley is less, they have become smarter. The militants work out exhaustive plans and take great care of not leaking them,” said a police officer. Besides, indigenous militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, which had been staying low for a long time, has again started dominating the militancy scene in the Valley. “The militants now work in small groups and any militant active in north Kashmir has very little idea as to who is handling the work of his outfit in south Kashmir. The small modules with the support of over ground workers have made militancy more deadly,” said another police officer. The militants have become tech savvy and they are avoiding being caught. “In the past, security forces and the police have been mostly relying on technological help to make breakthrough in any militant attack case, but now militants have become tech savvy and smarter. They use communication which cannot be intercepted,” the police officer said. “The human intelligence has also dried up and that is another reason why no major case is being solved,” he said. Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), central Kashmir, Ahfad-ul-Mujtaba said the cases would be solved. “In the past we have solved all militancy cases and I am sure that the recent cases would be cracked too. We are working on them,” the DIG said. Major militant strikes in 2013 March 2: Two policemen shot dead near the old bus stand at Handwara in broad day light March 13: Five CRPF men and two militants killed in a fidayeen attack at Bemina March 21: One BSF jawan killed and two others injured in a militant ambush near Nowgam on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway April 26: Four policemen gunned down as they walked into a well-planned ambush in a neighbourhood of Sopore town in north Kashmir May 10: Militants shot dead ASI Farooq Ahmad from point-blank range in Pulwama town May 24: Four Army personnel and a local Hizb militant were killed when militants ambushed the Army during a cordon and search operation in Bachoo in the Tral area of Pulwma district June 22: Militants carried out a deadly attack at Hari Singh High Street, killing two policemen in the heart of the city June 24: Eight Army men killed in a militant ambush at Hyderpora bypass on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway