17 January, 2021

The Wider Repercussions

With the heat being turned on in Kashmir, militants look for targets outside the Valley

The Wider Repercussions

EVEN as the nation observed Anti-Terrorism Day on May 21 to remind itself of Rajiv Gandhi's assassination five years ago, terrorists chose the day to remind the nation that they were alive, well and ticking. A bomb in south Delhi's busy Lajpat Nagar market killed 13 persons and injured scores of others. The identity of the killers is still not clear though it is believed to be the handiwork of the Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front (JKIF). Its aim: to thwart the Lok Sabha election back home and prevent popular participation.

Beyond scaring the 40,000 Kashmiri refugees in the capital, neither objective was achieved. But the high-int-militant Kashmiri groups were incapable of striking outside their home turf. On May 22, a bomb went off in a state-run bus in Rajasthan, killing 22 persons. Bombay was on red alert after news came in that a member of the Lashkar-al-Sajjad had entered the city. Says corps commander, Major-General J.S. Dhillon: "With the army stepping up pressure in the Valley, militants are beginning to look for targets elsewhere."




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