Srinagar: Security forces in Kashmir are facing a new challenge on the front of terrorism. The challenge is the presence of ‘hybrid’ terrorists who are not labeled as extremists but are so radical that they go back to their normal routine after committing any terrorist incident.
In the past few weeks, attacks on “easy targets” have increased in the Valley, including in the city of Srinagar, and most of the incidents have been carried out by pistol-armed youth whose names did not figure in the list of terrorists prepared by the security forces, officials said. He said that this new practice has created new problems for the security agencies as these ‘hybrid’ terrorists or ‘part time’ terrorists are difficult to track and they pose a challenge to the security forces.
Officials of the security establishment said that a ‘hybrid’ terrorist is a boy living in the neighborhood who is fanaticized by his bosses and prepares them for an incident of terrorism. “He completes the task given and waits for the next order from the master. Meanwhile, he returns to his normal life.
Officials said that the new practice is being adopted in the Valley on the instructions of Pakistan and its intelligence agency ISI. “The terrorists are changing their modus operandi out of desperation. This shows their desperation,” he said. They are now preferring to target easier targets than a pistol-wielding attacker in which the target is unarmed and rarely retaliates, such as businessmen (including minority communities), activists, unsecured politicians and policemen without duty.
Officials said the aim is to create an atmosphere of fear and prevent business and social activities that affect “terrorists and their ecology”. He said, “They want to silence those who speak against separatism, oppose those who spread and incite violence,” he said. Security agencies believe that this is not accidental but planned.
Officials said, “It can never happen accidentally. It has to keep an eye on the movement and find out the weakest moment in the routine. The watcher can also be an Over Ground Worker (OGW) or a hybrid terrorist who is not on the police list but has a pistol and an intent to kill. Just like hired killers.” He said, “The numbers don’t matter in this. In such a situation there can be no motive for killing the victim, but he can be an easy target for mere murder, no matter who he is.
The police had declared Srinagar ‘terrorism free’ in the first week of September last year. However, there have been subsequent attacks targeting civilians, police personnel and officers and are believed to be the work of ‘hybrid’ terrorists.
There has been an increase in such attacks in the last few weeks. On June 23 this year, terrorists shot and killed 25-year-old shopkeeper Umar Ahmed in front of his shop. The incident took place in the Habbakadal area of the city.
Earlier, terrorists killed Inspector Parvez Ahmed Dar posted in the CID branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police in Kanipora on the outskirts of Srinagar. It was clearly visible in the CCTV footage that two terrorists came from behind and shot them with a pistol. Similarly, on June 17, terrorists fired at a policeman who had finished his duty from close range in Saidapora area of Idgah in the old city. On June 27, terrorists shot at a special police officer, his wife and daughter in Pulwama district outside Srinagar.
Kashmir’s Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said some sleeper cells, hybrid terrorists are present in the city but insisted that the police would deactivate the module soon. “We will soon deactivate the active module in Srinagar. There are some sleeper cells which we call part-time or hybrid terrorists. We are keeping a watch on full time terrorists but it is difficult to track part time or hybrid terrorists as they go back to everyday life after carrying out the incident but we are keeping a close watch and they will be traced soon. ”
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