Jammu, July 22 (Scoop News)-Based on Intelligence inputs, Dr Jitendra Singh, BJP National Executive Member & J&K Chief Spokesperson, said here today that there is a definite pattern indicated by the renewed spate of terror attacks in Jammu & Kashmir over the last two or three months.
Dr Jitendra Singh also expressed concern over sudden rise in the number of security force causalities as a result of these attacks. Quoting figures, he said, the first half of this year has already seen more number of security force casualties than the whole of last year and when this phenomenon is contextualised with increasing attempts at cross border infiltration over the previous year, the heightened levels of violence can be seen in perspective.
Referring to Intelligence reports regarding the ISI engaging religious clergymen to provoke unrest and communal strife at a time when local support to foreign sponsored militancy is visibly declining, Dr Jitendra Singh said the July 18 incident when a BSF contingent, gheraoed by a violent crowd, was compelled to open fire at Dharam in Gool-Sangaldan area also raises the vital question as to whether the incident was triggered by the rumour alleging desecration of the Holy Quran by BSF personnel or was it instigated by a calculated design.
Presenting a chronology of recent terror attacks, Dr Jitendra Singh said, on 24 June 2013, a Rashtriya Rifles convoy was attacked on the main road passing through the area of Hyderpora, a township, almost midway between Badgam and Srinagar. The ambush site lies on National Highway (NH) 1A, which is considered the lifeline both for the maintenance of Kashmir valley and security forces deployed in the area, he explained and said this led to the inference that it looked like a pre-planned operation executed with precision resulting in the death of eight soldiers and injuries to many more on the eve of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir the very next day.
According to Dr Jitendra Singh, an assessment of the incidents of the past three months reveals a trend in the nature of attacks that have taken place. On 13 March 2013, for example, he said, terrorists launched a fidayeen (suicide) attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp at Bemina. The attack resulted in the death of five security personnel and injuries to another ten. This was followed by an ambush at Hygam, Sopore on 26 April 2013, resulting in four fatal police casualties. On 24 May, four soldiers of the Rashtriya Rifles died in an encounter, at Buchoo village of the Pulwama district.
Presenting a graphic detail, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the identification of terrorists killed in recent encounters clearly indicates the resurrection of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) which was increasingly being seen as a spent force in the State as a result of neutralization of its senior leadership by the security forces. In addition, he said, the analysis of recent terror attacks suggests that these have been carried out after detailed planning and executed employing high tactical skills. This especially holds true for the ambush on June 24 in an urban area like Hyderpora, where the ability to achieve surprise is a challenge. The subsequent escape from the site only reinforces the assessment of their improving skills. He cautioned that the selection of NH 1A for the attack, reinforces the vulnerability of existing lines of communication and especially the key arteries in the state.
In a cryptic rejoinder to J&K chief minister’s repeated demand for withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from certain areas in the state which incidentally includes Srinagar and other areas served by NH 1A, Dr Jitendra Singh said the June 24 terror strike in Hyderpora is a clear vindication of apprehensions expressed against selective revoking of AFSPA from certain areas. The chief minister would do well to take cognisance of the continuation of unprovoked firing incidents on the Line of Control (LoC), attempts at infiltration of ………….
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