June 2000 News

Money keeps J&K insurgency going

10 June 2000
The Statesman
Kavita Suri

Jammu: With Pakistan pumping in millions of rupees into Kashmir to keep the proxy war going and the mercenaries from 14 countries fighting the so called "jehad" in Jammu and Kashmir, money is the only thing which is keeping the insurgency going. Not only this the Director General of Kashmir Police Mr.Gurbachan Jagat believes that organisations like the All Party Hurriyat Conference and others also have a share of this fund which comes in various forms- sometimes to help the families of those who have died in insurgency and some times to buy equipment. "But money definitely is a big thing in this game now" said the DGP in an exclusive interview to The Statesman at the police headquarters at Batmaloo in Srinagar last Wednesday. Besides paying heavily to the mercenaries who are coming from across the border and their Over Ground Workers (OGW) working for them in the State, Pakistan has now started the narcotics trade in the state which is a very dangerous trend. "The ISI has increasingly been using the Line of Control in Kupwara and International Border in Jammu for this narcotics trade which to some extent is funding the militancy also," said Mr.Jagat adding that though this narcotics trade has been of recent origin efforts are being made by Pakistan to smuggle Charas, Opium and Heroin in large quantities. Asked about the trends in militancy in post Kargil period ,Mr.Jagat said that attempts have been made to unite the militants under one umbrella of Jaish-e-Mohammadi a new outfit floated by Maulana Masood Azhar and a large number of militants from Harkat and HUJI militant outfits have joined it. "Besides earlier the ISI had experimented with giving leadership to the foreign mercenaries who were doing everything from distributing money to weapons. "But as this led to a lot of friction among the locals and foreigners they again seem to have taken a decision to recruit as many local Kashmiri boys as they can," the DGP added. Substantiating the security situation in the entire state, the J&K police chief said the situation is really looking up as a result of number of operations being carried out jointly by various security agencies including the police. Though they have specific information that thousands of militants are waiting across the border to be infiltrated into this side, yet the border management by various security agencies has resulted in tremendous success. Terming this coordination between various security agencies as their "biggest plus point", Mr.Jagat said that they have been able to achieve this after considerable hard work at all levels and under the joint action plan of Union government and the Unified Headquarters. If they have achieved a number of remarkable successes in anti-militancy operations this year, yet what worries the J&K police supremo who had achieved remarkable results during Punjab militancy also, is the fact that with the shifting of Durbar (government offices) to Srinagar for six months, all their attempts seem to be focussed on the summer capital."Any action like grenade attack on the civil secretariat or police headquarters bring militants" a lot of publicity. Although it did not harm much, but the militants get instant publicity and are splashed all over the newspapers the next day. "But this is what the militants want and that is what militancy thrives on," he said adding that the state police has made a detailed plan to prevent such kinds of incidents and also to neutralise these people. The DGP also informed that a couple of days ago they had a high level meeting to review the situation in Srinagar, adding that soon they will be taking more steps to control the situation and improve their operations. "I am confident that Srinagar will also settle down", he said. Asked to comment on the security situation in the next couple of months, Mr. Gurbachan Jagat said they will be quite busy for the next two months as Amarnath Yatra will start from 15 July and will continue of over one and half months followed by Independence Day. Besides, by the end of June, over 12 major pilgrimages (Yatras) would start from Doda-Udhampur region including Kailash Yatra, Machail Yatra and Manimahesh Yatra which will keep them quite busy.


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