'Fidayeen' big security challenge in JK: NSG chief

Greater Kashmir

‘They are militants who come prepared to kill, cause destruction and die’

New Delhi, May 23: Majority of the 200-250 militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir were “Fidayeens” or suicide attackers which was making the task of ensuring security “more difficult”, a top official of elite National Security Guards (NSG) said today.
“In Jammu and Kashmir, the number of militants is between 200-250 but you have a large quantum of force deployed there. From Pakistan-based outfits, the effort continues to send in more militants. The problem today is that it is more of Fidayeen-kind of attacks.
These are militants who come prepared to kill, cause destruction and to die. That is why defense becomes that much more difficult,” NSG chief JN Chaudhri said here.
The NSG Director General was addressing a gathering at the 55th raising day of DRDO’s Laser Science and Technology Centre laboratory here.
In his speech, he raised the issue of various low-intensity conflicts in the country.
Chaudhri said the level of militant violence has dropped if you compare to the 1980s, 90s and even the early part of this century “but the threat of violence remains the dominant feature in many parts of our country.”
He said militant groups such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Indian Mujahideen were operating in mainland India and their targets were political and social icons as well as the common people.
“The target of militants is the mind of the people because if they make people feel insecure, they have achieved their target,” he said.
On the situation in the Northeastern parts of the country, he said the militancy in these areas was more “ethnic-based” where almost every ethnic group has a militant group as weapons are easy to get.