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CRPF – Kashmir Situation Ripe for Exploitation by Terrorists, Separatists

Published Dec 14, 2019
Updated Feb 05, 2020

The Hindustan Times reports that an internal assessment of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) which has deployed 68 Battalions in Jammu and Kashmir post repealing of Article 370 on 05 August by the Government reveals that terrorist groups are planning to launch attacks while a new wave of protests may be in the offing due to prolonged shut down.

Monotony and complacency in the camps is another challenge faced by the force apart from the fact that intelligence has virtually dried up with limited contacts with informants who can provide information of movement of terrorists.

One reason is said to be the long communications shut down thus the links appear to be now broken. More over there is likely to be a review by some of the informants who may be reassessing their options, coercion being another factor.

Hindustan Times quoting the CRPF report states that the three main terrorists groups in the Valley Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen have regrouped and divided the responsibilities with JeM the most potent group to target highways, LeT the interior security installations and the HM targeted attacks on police and political leaders.

With reference to people’s support to terror, the CRPF assesses that prolonged shut down may result in driving the angst against the State thus resulting in emergence of a new wave of protests.

As per the Hindustan Times, militants have indulged in targeted attacks on labour and other outside elements with a view to delay return of normalcy and to cause “unprecedented human misery and raising mass discontent forcing the international community to pressure India for restoring normalcy by lifting restricting, communications black out, release of preventive arrests and political prisoners.”

The force is concerned over complacency of its own troops and warns, “prolonged engagement may result in monotony and complacency as most of the companies (troops) are on splinter mode as part of ad hoc security arrangements.”