In J&K, Toss A Bomb And Take Home Rs 2,000
10 August 2006
The Times of India
Srinagar: Growing up accustomed to the sound of bombs and gunfire, Kashmiri youth are now finding a 'business opportunity' in terrorism. With an idea of making a quick buck, they are colluding with terror groups, particularly Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, which are offering part-time 'employment' for tossing hand grenades in busy streets or planting bombs at stra-tegic places. Their 'wages' range from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 per target. Waking up to this reality, security forces have tweaked their intelligence and are now specifically looking for information on such young men. They met with success on Wednesday when CRPF men posted at the Dal Gate were able to arrest a young man who was given the task of targetting the patrol party. On Tuesday night, too, the police averted a major tragedy by defusing a 20 kg IED, which was planted in a pressure cooker placed in a Maruti car at Peer Bagh, near the civil airport here. The bomb was attached with timer device, which could be triggered with a mobile phone. According to Kashmir range IGP S M Sahai, terrorists planned to set off the bomb at a time when traffic heading to the airport was at its peak. Confirming the disturbing trend, the IGP said money is the only attraction for these misguided youngsters, while motivation for any ideology was rare. 'The role of media highlighting the incidents only increase the morale of the terror groups,' Sahai added. Sahai said although the police had busted several such modules in Kashmir, yet the terror groups 're- cycle' the boys who have already undergone the legal trial. To check this growing trend, the police, the IGP said, have announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for information about these youth. The results are encouraging and informers too have become pro-active about giving information about the movements of the young grenade throwers, he added. The police have recently busted several modules operating in the Valley. The main task of these modules, interrogators found, was to distribute grenades besides paying the paltry sum of Rs 2,000, or only Rs 500 in some cases, for throwing hand grenade, Sahai said.