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Extremists unite as politicians slug it out

delhi Updated: Jun 29, 2008 02:07 IST
Aloke Tikku

In the middle of the political drama in the Valley, a home ministry official has suggested that the security agencies had reported that attempts were being made to use the Amarnath shrine controversy for consolidation of the region’s separatist voices.

Already, the emphasis among the separatist elements had shifted from violence to presenting a politically united voice. One factor that has stood out through the last week or so is the mobilisation of the people, said a security official, pointing that it really did not matter that the controversy, from the Centre's perspective, was based on falsehoods.

“The separatists were looking for one issue that would allow them to come together. This was it,” the official said.

As the protesters found public support, the PDP too tried its best to draw mileage from this sentiment and occupy the political space. The official hoped it would not lead to an upswing in militant violence.

Though violence — and infiltration — in the state had lessened, there was recognition in the security establishment that “one reason that made this possible was that people who controlled the strings across the border intended it to keep it this way”.