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The Enemy Within
The new GOC, Lt Gen. Subrata Saha faces the biggest challenge of ridding Kashmir valley of militancy
 

By Fayaz Bukhari

The new GOC, Lt Gen. Subrata Saha faces the biggest challenge of ridding Kashmir valley of militancy

This year the Indian Army achieved a major success by killing 41 militants including 11 top commanders of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and arrested 23 of them in joint operations with the police.

The figures reveal that this is more than the number of militants neutralised last year, but over the years killing of militants is not making much of a difference as new recruits replace them.

Lieutenant General Subrata Saha, who took over as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army’s strategic Chinar Corps or 15 Corps, responsible for tackling militancy in Kashmir besides guarding the Line of Control (LC), has a bigger challenge ahead. For him, killing the militancy is a challenge and not counting the dead.

As per the figures given by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, there are 130 active militants in Kashmir valley and if the rate at which they were eliminated this year continues, not a single militant will be left by next year.

Says a senior army officer: “That is not the case, as per our records at least 16 Kashmiri youth, mostly educated, joined militancy this year. The numbers could be more than our records. And on an average two-three youth get lured into militancy during the funeral of a militant commander.”

 
 
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