31 October, 2020

Making Apples Fall

The biggest anti-terror operation in recent times leaves south Kashmir seething

Photograph by AP
Making Apples Fall

The Sunday (April 1) operations in J&K’s Shopian district, in which 13 ­local Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed, inc­luding top guns Zubair Ahmad Turay at Dragad hamlet and Ishfaq Thokar at Kachdoora village, were the outcome of sustained eff­orts by the police to trace them. This was the highest number of militants to have been killed within 12 hours in the past two decades. Acc­ording to police sources, the success, which triggered a mass outpouring of grief over the killings of local youth, inc­luding four civilians, has also brought a fair bit of anxiety in its wake. Security agencies fear a revival of the massive protests that had raged for months across the Valley, following the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani in south Kashmir’s Kokernag on July 8, 2016. Yet the agencies are hopeful that the Sunday operation will bring down militant recruitment in south Kashmir in the long run, and ser­iously affect Hizbul Mujahideen’s activities in particular in the short term.

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