The spate of killing of innocent non-Muslims (aka Kaafirs) in Jammu & Kashmir has pushed the security agencies to high alert. And it looks like the Indian forces are preparing to draw terrorists across the valley into their endgame, by decimating them out of existence. Reportedly, the Indian army, buoyed by the two-day visit of Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane to the valley, has increased its intensity to go after terrorists.
Locals in the Mendhar area of the Poonch district have been asked to stay indoors. The army is preparing for a final attack on the terrorists hiding in the nearby forests. The announcements were made from local mosques in the surrounding areas and people have been asked to stay put until the next announcement follows.
They have been instructed not to go towards the forest and to keep their animals in their homes. Officials stated that those who ventured out have been asked to return to their homes with their animals, as soon as possible.
Forces rounding suspicious locals
Moreover, seeing that locals might have played a big role in picking the non-Muslims for the killings by the terrorists, the forces have started rounding up suspicious locals. According to an Indian Express report, police have so far detained eight villagers in the Bhata Durian area, including a 45-year-old woman and her son, on suspicion of providing logistical support to the terrorists.
Nine soldiers, including two Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs), have been killed in action against militants in the forests of Poonch district, since October 11. The terrorists have been using the dense forests as a cover. However, the forces are steadily closing them down.
The emergence of ‘Hybrid’ terrorists
Ever since the abrogation of article 370 two years ago, the stone-pelting incidents that used to be a routine way of life in the valley have come to naught. However, the Islamists have evolved and taken to a new approach of turning the child stone pelters into contract killers. A new terror outfit named ‘The Resistance Front (TRF), an offshoot of Pakistan-based terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), has reportedly been masterminding the killings.
As reported by TFI, there has been an emergence of ‘hybrid’ terrorists who are young striplings, given a pistol or gun by their Pakistani handlers to conduct one-off killing and simply go into hibernation after conducting their business. The weapon of killing is then taken away, and the forces have to work twice as harder to apprehend anyone.
They are simply brainwashed and pushed to the edge, so much so that the hatred for non-Muslims drives them to pump bullets into them. A Jagran report states that these hybrids are lured through financial incentives with each of them receiving Rs 10,000 for their killing tasks.
Kaafirs attacked and killed
As reported by TFI, recently a gol-gappa hawker from Bihar and a carpenter from Uttar Pradesh were killed. Similarly, Satinder Kaur (50), principal of Government Boys Higher Secondary school in Eidgah, and a teacher at the school, Deepak Chand, were shot dead inside the school premises by terrorists. Eyewitnesses claimed that at least two to three terrorists entered the school premises and fired at the principal and teacher from point-blank range before fleeing from the spot.
Before them, on October 5, Virendra Paswan, who hailed from Bhagalpur (Bihar), was shot dead by Islamic terrorists. Apart from Paswan, Makhan Lal Bindroo, a Kashmiri Pandit and owner of the two medical stores in Srinagar, was also gunned down by the terrorists. 68-year-old Bindroo was shot by the terrorists in the evening, while he was attending customers at his shop in Srinagar’s Iqbal Park area.
The killings are a means to create an environment of fear amongst the Hindu and Sikh community, reminiscent of the days leading to the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990. However, the government has acted quickly and has given the free rein to forces to conduct their business and to clean the mess.