May 2001 News

J&K militant outfits step up recruitment drive

5 May 2001
The Statesman

New Delhi: The government claims it has improved intelligence gathering in Jammu & Kashmir and set up special strategy groups to check infiltration and fish out militants. But recruitment of local youths by militant organisations and increased flow of money through hawala routes have made the situation vulnerable. A home ministry report said, “Militants have stepped up recruitment drive in the last two years. Majority of the recruits are being trained in PoK, others have been attached for training to local militant groups. The educated ones are being imparted know-how in the fabrication of IEDs and use of electronic devices.” The report expressed concern over the revival of defunct militant organisations like Al Jehad, Al Barq and Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen. It said Pakistan’s proxy war had acquired a new dimension. It feared more attacks on security forces with sophisticated weaponry and on minorities in isolated places. The minister of state for home, Mr Vidyasagar Rao, had said in the Lok Sabha recently “there are reports that some militant groups are under pressure to revive militancy in Punjab.” The state government had been sensitised about the threat perception and activities of various militant outfits in the country, he said.The MHA’s report said the militants had extended their operations in Pir Panjal range - Rajouri, Poonch and Doda. Since 1998, militants had killed 2450 civilians and 450 minorities. There has been a sharp increase in the recovery of sophisticated weapons – missiles, rocket launchers, RDX, which indicates the quality of upgradation of weaponry and enhanced strike capability of the militants. “The communication system of the militant groups has been upgraded, making it more secure, fast and reliable,’’ the report said. According to the report, militants were using new routes, including some high altitude passes along the LoC. Unaccounted money – a considerable portion of it in fake currency – was being pumped into the valley from across the border to lure unemployed youths into militancy. The government has spent Rs 1880.02 crore on additional security related expenditure in the period 1990 and 2000. But Pakistani militant outfits, primarily the LeT, Harkat-ul-Ansar and Jaish-e-Mohammad, have intensified their militant activities not only in J&K, but also in other parts of the country, the report said. Warrant against Malik: A Delhi court has issued a non-bailable warrant against JKLF leader Mr Yaseen Malik in a 1992 TADA case, adds UNI. Earlier this week, designated judge, Mr Justice VK Jain rejected Mr Malik’s application seeking exemption from appearing in court, and directed him to appear before it on 31 May. Six killed: A National Conference worker, a BSF jawan and four foreign militants were killed in the Valley since yesterday. Security forces defused an IED planted by militants in North Kashmir this morning, adds UNI from Srinagar.


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