TMG: New Delhi’s Tough Posture

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The Legitimate Desk
Aiming to put the separatism and insurgency in Kashmir under full control, the New Delhi has set up Terror Monitoring Group (TMG) in Jammu and Kashmir which will have the representation from all the security and intelligence agencies.
The order issued by the Union Home ministry reveals that the TMG was set up to ensure the synergy among all the security and intelligence agencies  to ensure concerted action against terror financing and other terror related activities.
While the group is headed by the ADGP, CID of Jammu and Kashmir police as its chairman, the order reads that IGP, JK Police, Additional Director IB, J&K, representative of CBI, NIA, CBDT and CBIC are its core members.  However, the MHA has given permission to the chairman for co-opting any other member in the group.“The group will be meeting on weekly basis and furnishing the Action Taken Report to the Union Home Ministry,” reads the order.
The order has been issued after Union government launched massive anti separatists and anti militancy operations in valley and banned several socio political and religious outfits, accusing them for inciting violence and anti India sentiments in valley.
Last month New Delhi banned the most influential socio religious Jamaat-e-Islami in Jammu and Kashmir and arrested party’s over 300 ideologues. This was followed by the ban on Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) headed by Mohammad Yaseen Malik and his arrest, subsequently. The properties belonging to Malik were also attached by the centre government after banning his party.
However, New Delhi didn’t stop here and have continued its tough posture towards the separatists in Kashmir. The properties of senior separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah have also been attached by the Enforcement Directorate. The ED claimed that Shah failed to justify the properties he owned after admitting that he has no regular source of income. His residence at Sanat Nagar estimated to be 25 lakh with proprietorship rights to his wife and daughters was attached. Shah is already languishing in the Tihar jail for his alleged role in terror funding and money laundering cases. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Naseem Geelani son of senior separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani are also summoned by National Investigating Agency (NIA) after their residences were raided earlier this month.
After BJP led by Narendra Modi won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections with thumping majority, the centre has had a tough posture towards Kashmir.
It has refused to launch any reconciliation process to reach out to the political stakeholders in Kashmir. In fact it shut all the diplomatic and political channels with separatists in Kashmir and Pakistan and resorted to muscular policy. The muscular policy of Modi in return seems winning him accolades in the mainland.
According to a recent survey published by PEW, 53 per cent people in India believe that Modi’s muscular policy is right to handle the Kashmir situation. The people in the country have also admitted that in last five years the situation have gone from bad to worse on security front though that doesn’t build any opinion for political outreach among the people towards Kashmir.
Given to this public opinion that may certainly help BJP in ongoing Lok Sabha elections the centre has further widen its net on educational and other government run institutions in Jammu and Kashmir.
The MHA order reveals that TMG will take action against hardcore sympathizers amongst government employees including teachers etc. who are providing covert or overt support to such activities?
The Terror Monitoring Group will also be identifying key persons including leaders of the organization (s) who are involved in supporting terrorism in any form and take concerted action against them.
Sources reveal that the orders were passed after New Delhi faced tough situation in schools and colleges post Burhan killing in 2016 and intelligence agencies have revealed that a group of well organized people have been responsible for inciting students for the protests.
“There is a well organized group of teachers operating in schools and colleges who are inciting them for violence and protests. The decision of bringing the educational institutions under TMG has been taken after thorough investigations,” said a senior security official.

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