‘Attacks on forces attempt to revive militancy’

The J&K Government on Thursday said the recent increase in the attacks on security forces was an attempt to revive the militancy in the State.
‘Attacks on forces attempt to revive militancy’
Photo: Mubashir Khan/GK

The J&K Government on Thursday said the recent increase in the attacks on security forces was an attempt to revive the militancy in the State. 

The Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh made the Statement in the Assembly as the opposition continued with its attack on the Government for the 2nd consecutive day over "fast deteriorating" security situation in Kashmir.

"Due to continuous pressure from security forces, the militants are now indulging in attacks on soft targets and at crowded places for revival of the waning militancy in the State," said Singh.

He said there have been 14 militancy related cases in June 2016. In the past few months, the Valley has witnessed increase in the number of attacks by militants. At least five police personnel, three BSF personnel and eight CRPF personnel were killed in these attacks in districts of Srinagar, Anantnag and Pulwama during the past two months.

Referring to the Pampore attack, Singh lauded the role of police and CRPF for exercising "maximum restraint" after the militants attack.

"Eight CRPF men were killed while 27 others were injured in the Pampore attack. The CRPF party was coming from the firing range and was laced with ammunition and had they reacted there would have been civilian casualties…but they exercised restraint," said Singh.

The two militants who had carried out the attack were also killed in the retaliatory firing by forces. Besides, more than 20 CRPF men got injured in the attack.

In the backdrop of the spurt in the militant attacks in the Valley, the Deputy Chief Minister said police and central forces have been put on high alert.

 "The State Government condemns these militant attacks which will result in nothing but large scale destruction and hurt the initiatives of the Government towards social and economical development of the State," said the Deputy Chief Minister.

He said the ongoing year has witnessed an "increase of 110 percent in militants killings and at the same time the civilian killings have gone down by 11 percent."

However, unsatisfied with the Government's response, the opposition continued with its attack on the Government over the "fast deteriorating" security situation in J&K, creating pandemonium in the House.

National Conference's Devinder Singh Rana said the entire state and the House was concerned about the grim security situation in the State in the aftermath of the militant attacks in the Valley.

"The Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) is arriving in Kashmir to review the situation…the MHA team is in the valley for the past three days. It gives a sense how precarious the situation is. But the Deputy Chief Minister has made a wishy-washy statement which doesn't talk about the measures the Government intends to take to give sense of security to people in J&K," said Rana as other members of the House created uproar over the issue.

He said J&K was facing "serious security crisis and it is unfortunate that the Government is unmoved."

Senior National Conference member Ali Muhammad Sagar said the situation was turning from "bad to worse" in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We want Government to make statement on the situation in the entire state but they are limiting it to the Pampore attack. Even the Government of India is talking about deteriorating situation in the State," said Sagar.

The Congress was equally vociferous in attacking the Government over surge in the militant attacks in Kashmir. "Militants are carrying out the attacks at will… the situation is worsening but the Government is unmoved," said Congress legislator NawangRigzinJora.

Later the National Conference and Congress staged walkout from the House.  

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