New Delhi: Days after Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat highlighted the need to develop programmes to discourage youths from joining militancy, a report prepared by security agencies on Sunday revealed that the number of youths joining militancy in Kashmir has gone down significantly. Also Read - Afzal Guru Death Anniversary: 2G Mobile Internet Suspended in Kashmir
The report further stated that earlier on an average 14 youths used to join militancy every month but it has come down to five now. The reduction in the number has happened since the abrogation of Article 370 in August last year. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: 3 Hizbul-linked Terrorists Arrested in Budgam
Comparing the militancy-related developments before and after August 5, the report further stated that large gatherings at funerals of militants, which were fertile grounds for recruitment of youths into militancy, have become a thing of the past now. The report also added that only a handful of close relatives are seen at burial grounds these days. Also Read - Shikara Film Review: Reveals Little Ambition on Kashmiri Pandits Exodus But is Enjoyable Bollywood Love Story
“There are instances when militants were buried in the presence of just a dozen close relatives,” the report added.
But before August 5funerals of terrorists killed by security forces used to attract a large crowd with significant attendance crossing 10,000 at times.
The report also highlighted another significant aspect of local youths joining militancy. According to the report, another trigger for local youths joining the militancy was the last call made by a trapped terrorist to his family members. Those voice recordings used to act as a catalyst to attract young brains to pick up the gun.
However, such voice recordings were not made after August 5 mainly because of communication blockade and partly because of the changed situation.
The report also highlighted that the stone-pelting incidents — both during encounters between security forces and militants, and on other occasions have remarkably gone down. The use of tear smoke shells, pellet guns has been reduced and the number of deaths in law and order went down to negligible limits.
The marked changes were seen in the Valley after the Centre on August 5 revoked Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two Union Territories – Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir.