After keeping the security forces engaged with stone pelting for more than two months, terror groups on Sunday unfurled their larger design to disrupt India’s security grid in the Kashmir Valley by attacking the Army base in Uri, close to the Line of Control. Seventeen Indian Army soldiers and four terrorists were killed.
In fact, the surge in the number of infiltration attempts across the Line of Control ever since Hizbul Mujahideen operative Burhan Wani's killing on July 8, was a clear indication what was in store.
The CRPF’s inspector-general of police (IGP) for the Kashmir region, Atul Karwal told New Indian Express that the security forces had been expecting a heightened wave of militancy in recent weeks.
“The terrorist ranks have sharply increased and we will be facing a fresh wave of militancy in the valley as a lot of boys have joined Hizbul Mujahideen since the killing of Burhan Wani,” Karwal said.
In view of this expectation, more troops of the Army were deployed in south Kashmir recently.
According to an assessment by the security agencies, based on telephone intercepts and local intelligence, over 150 youths have been taken into the fold of Hizbul Mujahideen in recent weeks. Many of them are undergoing militant training in terror camps across the border. Many more, sources said, have gone underground in different parts of the valley and are waiting to be taken across the border while several hundreds have turned Hizb sympathisers.
Most of these youngsters belong to Shopian, Anantanag and Pulwama.
Sources said the security forces were engaged mostly in maintaining law and order in the Valley since the killing of Burhan Wani and due to this, counter-insurgency operations took a back seat.