SRINAGAR: The changed face of militancy in the Kashmir Valley has led the Army to "completely review" its anti-infiltration and counter-insurgency strategies to tackle among other things the growing trend of youths, even educated ones, gravitating towards terror outfits.
The likely attempts from across the border to again push in militants are also being factored by the Army in its new approach.
With reports suggesting that nearly 50 youths have joined militant ranks this year, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, General Officer in Command of prestigious 15 Corps, is a worried man.
"I will not like to get into numbers. What bothers me is that if any youth is joining the terror group, it is disturbing. And, if educated youth are joining, it is a cause of more concern to all of us," Gen Saha told PTI.
Without getting into any blame game, Gen Saha said: "It is worrisome and needs to be addressed. But while addressing this issue, one has to ensure that it has a permanent solution rather than adopting a quick-fix method with no guarantee of a breakdown again."
Gen Saha minced no words in sharing his concern over the situation in the Valley and said that though it was generally peaceful, there have been incidents of breakdown in mobile communication and selective killings in some parts.
"To an extent we can call it peaceful, and stable overall, but certainly there is a potential of fragile situation developing and it is something that as security agencies we have to be conscious about.
"We are working towards ensuring that these aberrations, if I may use that word, are checked and the situation continues to remain the way as it ought to be," said Gen Saha, who has earned the reputation of being a 'people-friendly General' for his spate of initiatives to keep the youth in the Valley engaged.
Known for mingling with the crowd to understand their problems, Gen Saha is credited for his adept handling of the situation in Sopore in North Kashmir after a spate of civilian killings. He held a meeting with top police and intelligence officials at ground zero itself.