The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday informed Lok Sabha that separatist and militant outfits were the biggest challenge to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Minister of state (MoS) Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir informed the lower house that the JK state has been affected by terrorism sponsored and supported from across the border.
Ahir said that this level of terrorist violence in the hinterland is because of infiltration. MHA also informed a surge in youth picking up arms after Burhan Wani's death. Ahir said that about 88 youths had joined militancy.The situation in Kashmir according to MHA has improved to a large extent but the participation of youths in violence are going on, said Ahir.
The MHA informed Parliament that barring few violence prone regions, the situation is presently normal. In these regions, the spate of violence shot up following the killing of Burhan Wani in July last year. Nearly 820 incidents have been reported after Wani's encounter.
There were 747 incidents in August, 535 September; however violence saw a down fall with 179 cases in October, 73 in November and 36 incidents in December 2016. The situation improved in January 2017 with only 5 incidents, however, there was a surge in such incidents in February with 49 cases and 27 in March.
The government has began an aggressive crackdown on stone pelters in the region and efforts are being made to detain, arrest the perpetrators of such violence. Data from 2010 to 2016 showed that 2016 was the worst affected year with maximum number of youths turning to militancy. The lowest phase of militancy however was in the year 2013 when only 16 youth took up arms.
The maximum number of infiltration took place in 2010 with 489 persons. The second highest attempts of infiltration took place in the year 2016 the number of such attempt been fixed at 371 in which 35 terrorist were killed and 217 were returned by actions of security forces at the border.
Under the surrender policy initiated by the state government since 2004 to 19 surrendered medicines have been benefited under the scheme. The government also said that JK police has organised public meetings and taken number of initiatives for promoting youth engagement, organising sports tournament, and cultural events.