Countering Terrorism

Post article 370 abrogation in Jammu and Kashmir, the laws in the Union Territory have drastically been changed by the local administration with zero tolerance towards anti national activities and terrorism. The government has maintained to deal with terrorism with iron fist and have been sexing the properties of all those found involved in terrorism activities. Many of the houses of local terrorists were dismantled. Jammu and Kashmir police claims that the preceding year was relatively peaceful with no Hartals, enforced shutdowns that could force authorities for internet shutdowns.

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The official graph of the situation is mentioned below:

Counter Insurgency operations
The police said that during the year 2022,  93 successful encounters took place in Kashmir in which 172 terrorists including 42 foreign militants were neutralized. It said that the maximum number of militants neutralized were from LeT/TRF (108) outfits followed by JeM (35), HM (22), Al-Badr (4) and AGuH(3) outfits. However, the police said that it has killed 65 terrorists of the fresh recruitments, 17 terrorists arrested and 18 terrorists are still active.
Fresh Recruitment
With 100 more local youths joining the terrorist ranks in Kashmir this year, the police said that it was 37 per cent below compared to previous year recruitments. Of the 100 recruited 74 have joined the ranks of Lashker  E Toiba (LeT).
Weapon Recovery
This year huge quantities of weapons (360) were recovered during encounters and modules’ busting which include 121 AK series rifles, 08 M4 Carbine & 231 pistols. Besides, timely seizure of IEDs, Sticky Bombs and Grenades averted major terror incidents.
Civilian Killings
During the year, total 29 civilians killed by militants include 21 locals (6 Hindu including 3 KPs & 15 Muslim) and 08 from other states. All militants involved in these terror crimes have been neutralised except Basit Dar & Adil Wani.
Security forces killing
During the year, total 26 Security Forces personnel including 14 JKP personnel attained martyrdom during terror attacks/encounters. Majority of terrorists involved in these terror crimes have been neutralised.
Two remarkable changes observed in society; House owners started denying shelter to terrorists and parents don’t feel proud if their wards join terrorism. Rather they appeal to them to return back, curse terrorists openly & work with JKP for the return of their wards.
Law and Order
On the Law and order front, the police said that they have achieved 100 per cent success in peace & stability. From 2897 cases of L&O incidents in 2016 to 26 minor cases in 2022. No civilian lost life in firing while handling L&O problems in the last more than 3 years.
No Shutdowns, street violence
No hartal, no street violence, no stone pelting incident especially at the encounter sites, no internet shutdown, no funeral procession of killed terrorists, no glamourization of terrorists, have benefited all the sections of society, the police said in its official statement.
Effective Counter Insurgency operations
The police said that it achieved major gains on the front of anti-terrorist operations. It said that the total number of active terrorists were brought down to double digits. All Chiefs & Top Commanders of terror outfits were neutralised except HM’s Chief Farooq Nalli & LeT Commander Reyaz Sethri.
The police, however, vowed to continue action against terror ecosystems by process of identification, take cognizance of each threat by registering FIR, making arrests, and also booking them under PSA. It said properties were attached in 49 terror-related cases during this year.
Crackdown on Drug menace
The police said that it is focusing on effective actions on drug menace. It said that a total of 946 cases were registered this year and 1560 persons were arrested. Besides 132 drug peddlers booked under PIT Act. Huge quantities of contraband seized including 11.8Kg Brown Sugar, 46Kgs Heroine & 200Kgs charas.
Intelligence grid
JKP continuously identifies potential terrorists through technical surveillance and Human Intelligence. Besides, effective parents cooperate with JKP in this process. So far more than two dozen boys have been brought back and are living happily with families, said an ADGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar.

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