Homegrown terror: Rajnath alive to trend
Security agencies share disturbing findings with the Home Minister during his visit to Kashmir earlier this week
Security agencies have assessed that infiltration of foreign terrorists from Pakistan has reduced marginally in the past five years, but the number of Kashmiri youth joining militancy has risen steadily.
The agencies shared the findings with Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his visit to Jammu and Kashmir earlier this week.
An assessment of terrorists “active” in the Kashmir Valley in April 2016, 2017 and 2018 shows such a trend. In April this year, of the 276 “active” terrorists, almost 56%, or 154, were local youngsters. In April 2017, 48% of the 251 active terrorists were local youth. During the corresponding month in 2016, this was 54%.
A detailed report prepared by the Home Ministry shows that of the 57 terrorists killed in encounters with security agencies till April 30 this year, 37 were local men and 20 were foreigners, primarily from Pakistan. In 2017, of the 213 killed , 85 were local men and 128 were foreigners.