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How Pir Panjal forest is aiding terrorists to infiltrate Kashmir

Safety personnel cordon off the world after three safety personnel had been killed in a gunfight with terrorists at Kokernag space, in Anantnag district. PTI

Safety forces are engaged in gun battle in South Kashmir’s Anantnag space and have encircled two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists. This comes a day after three safety drive officers – an Army Colonel, a Major, and a deputy superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police – had been killed in motion.

The motion within the area has as soon as once more put the give attention to south Kashmir, particularly the Pir Panjal forest vary, after a short lived lull.

We take a better take a look at how the forests and the adjoining space have seen an increase in terrorism and the way safety personnel are placing their lives on the road to make sure security and peace within the area.

Terrorists drawn to Pir Panjal space

Safety specialists have famous that in current months, the areas of the Pir Panjal vary, Poonch and Rajouri have seen a rise in terrorism. They consider that Anantnag situated between the Pir Panjal vary and Srinagar with entry in direction of Doda makes it an vital vacation spot for terrorists.

Anantnag encounter How Pir Panjal forest is aiding terrorists to infiltrate Kashmir
Graphic: Pranay Bhardwaj

The encounter currently ongoing in Kashmir can also be being carried out in Anantnag, with officers circling two LeT terrorists, together with commander Uzair Khan.

Officers state that the terrain of the world offers terrorists with nice hiding and cordoning the world may be very troublesome. Some officers have added that the topography of the Pir Panjal vary is as “tough as Afghanistan’s mountains” and therefore, present the proper hiding spot for terrorists.

Furthermore, the forests within the space are interconnected; this implies, that the terrorists can perform their nefarious actions in a single space after which go disguise in one other, giving the safety personnel a run-around.

Actually, authorities have discovered that the terrorists infiltrating the world both head to their hideouts or head in direction of a sympathiser, whose geo-coordinates are recognized and fed to their telephones. In some instances, the terrorists additionally take shelter within the homes of the locals forcibly.

An official had informed The Hindu in a report that a number of villagers had knowledgeable the safety personnel that these terrorists line up the relations and use their smartphones to obtain an utility and talk throughout the LoC after which delete it instantly. A couple of instances additionally they click on their images and forwarded them to their handlers throughout the LoC, “in a bid to threaten the families”.

An official additional added that in some pockets of the Pir Panjal space, mobile companies from Pakistan are lively and might be detected on telephones too.

Anantnag encounter How Pir Panjal forest is aiding terrorists to infiltrate Kashmir
College college students pay tribute to the three safety personnel, who had been killed in a gunfight with terrorists in J&Okay’s Anantnag district. PTI

Earlier, an Military commander in June had been quoted as saying that the main target of infiltration has now shifted to south of Pir Panjal. “Infiltrators are now trying the Rajouri-Poonch routes, the areas of south of Pir Panjal. The focus of infiltration has largely now shifted to south of Pir Panjal and in fact, there are inputs that some people may have also trickled in via Nepal,” he was quoted as saying to GreaterKashmir.com.

Terrorist incidents in Kashmir

Terrorism in Kashmir has diminished drastically since 2020, however nonetheless prevails in pockets. In response to official knowledge, there have been a complete of 251 terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir since 2021; 15 occurred in Jammu area’s three districts, whereas 236 occurred within the Valley.

The information additionally reveals that previously three years, a complete of 24 safety personnel and 75 civilians had been killed on each side of Pir Panjal mountain vary in Jammu and Kashmir.

Previous to the continued encounter in Anantnag, there have been just a few high-profile incidents within the Pir Panjal and close by areas. In Might, 5 troopers from the Military’s Particular Forces died in Rajouri in a terror assault. Two weeks earlier than, 5 troopers had been killed in Poonch when their truck was ambushed by terrorists.

In August 2022, a terror assault had taken place on a army camp in Rajouri, claiming the lives of 5 troopers. In October 2021, 9 troopers, together with a JCO, had been killed in two separate encounters with terrorists between Bhata Durian and Dehra Ki Gali.

With inputs from companies



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