Sources from the central security establishment attributed the positive signals to the concerted efforts of the UT administration to involve the youth of J&K with entrepreneurship initiatives and recreational activities such as sports etc. Of the 57 locals who joined the ranks of terror as of July 16 this year, 34 have been neutralized. and 11 have surrendered, leaving only 12 new recruits still active, according to terrorism-related data at J&K accessed by TOI.
As of July 16 of this year, 78 terrorists died in counterterrorism operations in UT, compared to 123 in the first half of 2020. Authorities said the lower figures were largely due to the slowdown in counterterrorism clashes that coincided with the blockade imposed due to the second wave of Covid-19. “The encounters have accelerated in recent days and many terrorists have been neutralized,” said an official.
Around half a dozen members of the security forces personnel died as of July 16 this year, compared with 62 security personnel killed as of 2020. In addition, 14 civilians were killed by terrorists this year (as of July 16). July) compared to 37 deaths last year. Explaining the drop in the number of local youth joining terrorist groups, a senior government official claimed that boosting entrepreneurship through measures such as offering commercial vehicles to youth for self-employment, skills development initiatives and Constructive participation through sports and other recreational activities helped dissuade local youth from picking up the gun.
A total crackdown on gatherings at the funerals of murdered terrorists ensured there was no “breeding ground” for would-be terrorists. “It was noted that the funerals of downed terrorists offered conditions conducive to the radicalization of young people Cashmere rebel and choose the path of violence. Each funeral would cause at least 3-4 residents to join the terrorism, ”an official told TOI.