The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday accused the state government of adopting indifferent attitude to deal with militants at a time when, the party claimed, foreign-sponsored militants in the state were turning hi-tech and adopting highly sophisticated and more lethal methods of operation.
While the National Conference (NC) is unabashedly constrained by its competitive Kashmir-centric politics, it is the coalition ally, the Congress, which will have a lot to explain to justify its silence during elections, said BJP national executive member and party chief spokesperson in the state Jitendra Singh.
Singh said soon after the recent revelations made by outgoing 15 Corps GOC Lt Gen Om Prakash that there are over 300 militants still active in the State out of whom 60% are foreign militants, it is now none less than the union home minister who has gone on record to confirm this and to further state that there are in addition several hundred armed terrorists waiting across the LoC to sneak in.
The infiltration bids too have gone up, he said, citing figures that 264 terrorists attempted infiltration in 2012 as compared to 247 in 2011, while 121 terrorists succeeded in entering the state in 2012 as compared 52 in 2011.
Referring to evidence based on intelligence inputs of last few weeks, Singh said that the new crop of militants, particularly those backed by the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), are equipped with hi-tech gadgetry and are also educated and trained adequately enough in modern warfare techniques.
He said that several intercepted messages have revealed that these militants are using Voice on Internet Protocol (VOIP) technology for communication in order to evade possibility of their phone calls being tapped.
Jitendra Singh said that even though the number of militants operating in the state may have gone down compared to earlier decades, their hi-tech preparedness has kept their lethal or striking capacity undiminished and this is a matter of concern particularly when tourist season is on in Kashmir.
Recent spurt in Jehadi attacks on Armed forces in the Valley testifies this, he added.
Singh said the Congress leadership advise the J&K chief minister against issuing irresponsible statements and posting freelance Tweets on strategically sensitive issues like AFSPA.