J-K: Afzal's hanging has spiked terror, violence
Militant groups have killed 35 security personnel in J&K this year in bloody strikes to avenge Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s hanging, reversing the steady decline in Kashmir Valley’s violence profile over the last few years. Aloke Tikku reports.india Updated: Aug 07, 2013 09:13 IST
Militant groups have killed 35 security personnel in J&K this year in bloody strikes to avenge Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s hanging, reversing the steady decline in Kashmir Valley’s violence profile over the last few years.
Linking the spike in violence against security forces to Guru’s hanging, the home ministry told Lok Sabha that attacks 35 security personnel had been killed in the first seven months of 2013, more than twice the 15 personnel killed in all of 2012.
“The reason for increase in terror attack is due to stepping up of the attack on security forces planned by militant groups in the aftermath of Afzal Guru’s execution in February 2013,” minister of state in the home ministry RPN Singh told the Lok Sabha.
This is the first time that the home ministry has conceded the militants had been able to successfully carry out retaliatory strikes after Guru’s hanging.
Right from home minister Sushilkumar Shinde down to mid-level home ministry officials had so far suggested that fears of alienating the people and the capacity of the terrorist infrastructure to strike back due to Guru’s hanging had been exaggerated.
On his part, Singh suggested that most of the security personnel killed in attacks had not taken basic precautions or were careless.
“In most of the cases of casualties, the laxity and non-adherence of SOPs by the security forces have also been evident,” RPN Singh said.
The sharp rise comes after years of a consistent decline in violence levels.
In 2012, for instance, terrorist violence had decline by one-third and fatalities of security personnel and civilians had halved over 2011.
Singh also told Parliament that there had been no decline in the terror infrastructure across the border. There are 42 terror training camps in Pakistan (17 camps) and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (25 camps) that hold up 2,500 terrorists.
In the last three years, Singh said nearly 270 terrorists have entered into J&K from across the border through LoC in 1,000-odd infiltration attempts.
During 2010-12, security forces killed 160 terrorists trying to infiltrate while 570 others backed out due to vigil by security forces.
However, 95 terrorists were able to infiltrate into the state in 2010, 52 in 2011 and 121 in 2012. home ministry sources said 25 infiltration attempts were made till March this year, against 31 attempts in the corresponding period of 2012.