27 January, 2021

Is Kashmir Seeing Birth Of A New Militant Outfit? The Signs Look Threatening

Lockdown—political and pandemic—brings peace to Kashmir, but a new militancy is rising. Little-known Resistance Front (TRF) claimed responsibility for the attack on the security forces that killed five soldiers from the elite 4-Para unit

As many as 45 militants have been killed in Kashmir over the past seven months
Is Kashmir Seeing Birth Of A New Militant Outfit? The Signs Look Threatening

Peace in Kashmir is often an oxymoron. But the word does provide some context to what is happening in the Valley. The tumultuous political upheaval in Jammu and Kashmir last year—the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A—gave way to months of relative peace. Counter-insurgency operations continued, though. To put things in perspective, 45 militants have been killed in Kashmir since August last year till March. In contrast, between January-July in 2019, over 154 militants were killed by security forces. The number was over 260 in 2018.

Recent developments, however, hold ominous signs on the militancy front. On April 5, five Indian soldiers were killed while fighting infiltrators close to the Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. The soldiers belonged to the elite 4 Para—the unit which undertook the 2016 cross-LoC ‘surgical strikes’ in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Five militants were also killed in the latest operations lasting two days. Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh says the encounter and subsequent heavy exchange of...



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