2016, a sudden rise of militancy

The year 2016 witnessed a sudden rise in militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir which has made the security grid in the state to remain on tenterhooks with fresh measures being made to foil any such incidents in future. This is the matter of concern for state government as after 2008, sudden rise of militant activities claimed around 89 deaths of security forces. On November 29, seven Army personnel were martyred and many, including BSF personnel, were injured in two terrorist attacks.
Out of the 89 security men who lost their lives in the state this year, almost 200 have been injured in the state in 2016 alone. Of those killed, 27 were martyred post the surgical strikes carried out on September 29. According to the figures available, in 2007, security forces lost 122 men. The numbers dropped to 57 in 2008, and by 2012, it fell to 15. It then began to climb. In 2013, 53 security personnel were killed.
This year, only the militancy related incidents witnessed a swell with encounters and abushes taking toll in the state.
Even the State governor, N N Vohra worried about the killings and made the security establishment to enact tough measures to counter terror. Governor expressed serious concern over repeated terrorist attacks on the security forces establishment.
One side India wants peace and other side Pakistan is continuing with the attempts to exacerbate the situation.
Earlier during Kashmir unrest, several youth have been missing and as per intelligence reports they may have joined militant outfits to take revenge of Hizbul Commander, Burhan Wani killing. This is matter of concern and security forces must be vigil and take appropriate steps to curb the menace. Furthermore, apart from locals joining militancy, there has been a sudden rise in the infiltration attempts across the LoC and International Border (IB). There are reports that nearly 70 youth have disappeared in South Kashmir over the past three months leading them to conclude they might have been persuaded to take up the gun.

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