Shift In Militants' Strategy In J&K: MHA Report
30 April 2007
New Delhi: The overall security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in 2006 showed a shift in the strategy adopted by militants, who used more grenades through Over Ground Workers to attack targets like tourists and pilgrims. While there were fewer 'fidayeen' and car bomb attacks in 2006, the strategy was to use more grenades through Over Ground Workers, according to a latest Union Home Ministry document. The report said Pak-based and ISI-sponsored Lashkar-e-Taiyba, Al-Badr and Hizbul Mujahideen continued to attack soft targets. However, infiltration declined marginally because of heightened surveillance and more focused counter operations on the Line of Control (LoC). As many as 593 terrorists, including over 50 top commanders, were neutralised during the year, the document said. During the year under review, incidents of violence in the North Eastern states showed a marginal increase, though the number of civilians killed came down, it said. The report also said that while the naxal violence declined marginally in terms of incidents, the overall casualties of police personnel and civilians remained almost at the same level. However, the communal situation remained under control, the report added.