Police Fears Recycling Of Ex-militants

Police Fears Recycling Of Ex-militants

6 July 2013
Greater Kashmir
Shabir ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: With surge in militancy related incidents in Kashmir, security agencies are investigating the recycling angle of the former militants. Accordingly, security agencies have been asked to maintain tight vigil on the released militants so that they don’t get recycled. Independent sources in police said the security agencies were having intelligence inputs that Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant outfit is in the revival gear. “Keeping in view the inputs, the reports gathered from ground suggest that recycling is not to the alarming extent,” a top police official told Greater Kashmir on the basis of anonymity. The official said that there is, however, tendency of some protesters of 2008 and 2010 unrest joining militant ranks as indicated by the police. “In the last two years there were some recycling cases and this year till now the phenomenon is non-existent,” the official said. The top official said that the upsurge in militancy related incidents from past some time doesn’t mean that militancy in the state is taking a center-stage again. “The security forces have built pressure and are tracking down the militants. An encounter and subsequent killing of the militants doesn’t not mean the surge,” the official said and admitted that militants have carried out four to five attacks on security forces this year. “One in Hygam Sopore and four in Bypass area, and one in Srinagar city,” he said. The official said there was a dire need to keep tight vigil on ex-militants. “Earlier, it was found that these people are often utilized by people for personal interests. The government is planning to rehabilitate these militants so that they are kept away from recycling,' he said. “Recycling is very low,” J&K Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Prasad told Greater Kashmir. However, another top police official said militants want to recruit more people. He said militants are pressurizing the people to join their ranks, especially former militants. “New people from across border did not join them because strict vigil is being maintained on Line of Control (LoC),” the official said adding that security forces would not allow anybody to get recycled. “We have to keep a close watch on their activities,” he said. The official said that the security forces on ground have been asked to keep account of released militants particularly those who have been released during the past two years. They have also been asked to monitor their activities and the movement of people who visit jails to meet detainees.