Jammu: As fresh attacks targeted at police forces shatter the calm in Srinagar, the latest infiltration figures from Jammu and Kashmir have corroborated the big jump in number of terrorists who have successfully crossed over from Pakistan.
As many as 26 terrorists infiltrated in the first four months of 2016, just a tad lower than the 33 infiltrations seen in all of last year. Sources said the high infiltration, attributed to attempts by Pakistan-based outfits to push in as many terrorists as possible this season and the low snowfall last winter, is balanced out by the surge in number of terrorists killed this year. 45 terrorists were neutralised in encounters by security forces until April 30, compared to 46 killed over 12 months in 2015.
What is heartening is that casualties among civilians and security forces in terror related incidents across J&K have been limited at three and eight respectively. The figures for (entire) 2015 were 17 civilians and 39 security personnel respectively. The figures, however, will look different by the end of May. Earlier this week, three policemen were killed by Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists in Zadibal and Tengpora areas in Srinagar. The same day, two terrorists were neutralised in the J&K capital in an anti-militancy operation.
Infiltration, according to intelligence sources, has seen a surge in the past month, with a top officer putting the number of terrorists who may have successfully sneaked in at 50. “More terrorists are coming in but then more terrorists are being killed in encounters,” the officer said. The agencies see a hot summer ahead in J&K.
Sources in the central security establishment indicated that the twin attacks in Srinagar this week have served as a wake-up call for J&K police, which seemed to have got complacent after a three-year calm. “They are now more alert and going for intensive operations to tackle terrorists,” the officer said.