‘18 Valley youth joined militant ranks in 2012’
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Oct 30: Around 18 youth from Jammu and Kashmir have joined different militant groups during the current year. Among them, two have been killed in encounters and one has been arrested. Most of them joined Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) or Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), two key militant outfits operating in the State now.
Sources said that local militants help their outfits to garner support of the local population. “They know the topography and have a good network of friends and relatives who act as couriers,” police sources said.
According to the sources, three youth from south Kashmir joined the militant ranks during the current year. “But one among them has been arrested,” they said and added that sustained interrogation of the arrested youth has revealed that the other two are involved in snatching of weapons from cops in south Kashmir.
Sources said six youth from Central Kashmir have also joined militancy during the current year. “Two among the six are residents of Batamaloo area of Srinagar,” the sources added.
Police sources further said two youth from Sopore also joined the militant groups this year. “One was Muzamil who was recently killed in an encounter and another is from Zainagair,” they said.
Sources said the remaining seven youth are from Jammu region and most of them belong to Kishtwar and Doda districts. “One among the seven was killed in an encounter in Kishtwar,” they added.
Police sources said one of the recent recruits, the alleged mastermind of the September 2011 Delhi High Court blast, which killed 15 persons and wounded 80, Wasim Akram Malik is a medical student in his early 20s from Kishtwar in Jammu region. His younger brother, who is alleged to have provided explosives for the blast, is only 17 and allegedly a Hizbul Mujahideen militant.
However, unconfirmed reports put the number of Kashmiri youth who have taken up gun in the past one year at more than 40, including those who lost their near ones in CRPF or police firing in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 agitations. Most of them are in their late teens or early 20s. Recently, the State police claimed to have busted a Lashkar module in Sopore by arresting seven militants, all of whom were in their early 20s.
Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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