Jammu and Kashmir (J-K), under the regime of BJP-PDP combine has witnessed a rather peaceful situation as the security forces have foiled the terror bid by militants, most of the times. There have been sporadic incidents of terror attacks, however the combative Army has not allowed them to rear their ugly head in the valley.
This has left the militants belonging to various terror groups including Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba nervous and flustered. In their fresh attempt to spread terror in the valley, they are now adopting wicked and devious methods to escape the attention of security personnel and also to make their presence felt among the separatists and their sympathisers. They have released a video of a group of militants dressed in Indian Army fatigues.
In the video, the militants in Army fatigues can be seen wielding high-tech weapons. Among this group of militants, a Hizbul Mujahideen commander Barhaar Muzaafar (who has been active in Tral region of J-K for a decade) can be clearly seen. Most of the militants are believed to have been freshly recruited for taking forward the fight against the establishment.
Experts believe that this is probably a kind of publicity gimmick by the militants to hog attention of public and a move to lure youngsters into their fold. As they have been severely restricted by the Army, they are now trying to rope in young people by means of financial award or any other means.
This is not the first time that the militants have used the social media for serving their purpose. Few days back, they posted a picture of the group of terrorists in Army fatigue on the Facebook. The Facebook post was later deleted by the Jammu and Kashmir police.
In latest incident of terror, 2 heavily armed terrorists in Army fatigues had stormed a police station in Kathua on March 21, killing 5 people before being gunned down by the state police and security forces. This was the first terror attack since BJP-PDP government came to power in the state.
In a similar incident under Omar government in Sept 2013, heavily-armed militants dressed in army fatigues had killed 12 people including a lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army, policemen and soldiers. The armed terrorists had attacked an Army outpost and a police station in Samba district.
Experts feel that much of the credit for peaceful situation in valley goes to the strong government at the Centre and new-found aggression infused in the Indian Army by the Modi dispensation. The strong stance adopted by Army on the direction of NDA government in avenging the Manipur massacre and killing N-E terrorists by crossing over to Myanmar is no secret. The peaceful climate in the valley had even led to the clamour from PDP leaders for phased withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the valley.