Srinagar: Home Minister Amit Shah held a high-level meeting in Srinagar today to discuss the increase in cross-border infiltration, killing of civilians, growing threat of radicalisation, and prolonged terrorist encounters.
Amit Shah is in Jammu and Kashmir for a three-day visit.
In 2021 alone, 32 civilians were killed in Jammu and Kashmir. This is a sharp increase from last year's data where 41 people were killed. From January to September 2021, 63 cases of terrorist-initiated encounters and 28 instances of terrorist activities were reported.
Security agencies presented their inquiry reports into why the threats of radicalisation and home-grown terrorism are on the rise despite the presence of Indian forces and extensive outreach efforts by the government, reported NDTV.
A Home Ministry official told NDTV that recent civilian killings prove that minorities and outsiders are not safe in Jammu and Kashmir. It is a big concern for the Centre. All intelligence and security agencies operating in the Kashmir Valley have flagged the threat of radicalisation.
Government data shows that 97 young locals left their homes to join terrorist organisations and 56 of them have been 'neutralised'. In 2020, 178 youngsters joined terror outfits and 121 of them were 'neutralised'.
Amit Shah sought explanations on prolonged encounters and anti-terror ops as the Army and security forces have been engaged in an anti-terror op for the past 13 days. Nine soldiers have died and there are speculations that these terrorists may have been trained by Pak commandos, reported NDTV.
An officer told NDTV that after various raids and arrests by the NIA, the government strategy to counter the narrative of pro-Pakistan voices is said to not work. And the blueprint of a more proactive approach was discussed in the meeting.