The influx of pistols and sticky IEDs threaten peace this summer, especially during the 43-day Amarnath yatra starting in the last week of June. The J&K administration is preparing to host around six to eight lakh pilgrims, the highest in yatra history.
The officials across agencies and forces operating on the ground confirm that huge consignments of pistols, including US-made Canik-TP9, have been delivered in different parts of the Valley to create fear. “Targeted attacks against minority community members, off duty policemen and social media influencers help them to counter the government’s narrative of peace on the ground with minimum effort,” a senior police official said.
Armed forces have killed over 94 militants this year and arrested scores of militant associates and overground workers. In the same period, 17 civilians were killed, including minority community members. Seven people, including one Kashmiri Pandit, three off duty policemen, a Hindu teacher and an instagrammer, were killed in targeted attacks in May.
Another senior official said the interception of chatter of militants with their associates referred to the targeted attacks as ‘wazul waav’ in Kashmiri, loosely translated as ‘red wave’.
In a related development, Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to immediately post Kashmiri migrants employed under prime minister’s special package and other employees belonging to the Jammu division in “secured locations” in the Valley by June 6, officials sources said.The decision comes after a series of targeted killings of Hindu government employees by terrorists in Kashmir and fears of their exodus from Kashmir.
“PM Package employees and others from minority communities posted in Kashmir division will be immediately posted at secured locations and the process to be completed by Monday, 6th June,” a source said.
(With PTI Inputs)