Over the previous few weeks, the assaults on “mushy targets” within the Valley, together with within the Srinagar metropolis, have witnessed a spike and many of the incidents have been carried out by the pistol-borne youth who usually are not listed as terrorists with the safety businesses, officers stated.
The brand new pattern has despatched safety businesses right into a tizzy as these “hybrid” terrorists, or “part-time” terrorists are very tough to trace and pose a problem to the safety forces.
The officers within the safety institution stated the “hybrid” terrorist is a boy subsequent door who has been radicalised and saved on standby mode by the handlers for finishing up a terror incident.
“He carries out a job that’s given to him after which waits for the subsequent project from his masters. In between, he goes again to his regular work,” they stated.
The officers stated the brand new pattern is occurring within the valley on the instructions of Pakistan and its spy company, the ISI.
“The determined nexus is modifying strategies. Their desperation is exhibiting. Now, it’s the desire for pistol-based concentrating on of soppy targets. Targets that are unarmed and unlikely to retaliate like businessmen (together with from the minority neighborhood), activists, political leaders with out safety and off-duty policemen,” they stated.
The officers stated the purpose is to unfold worry and cease companies and social exercise that “targets terrorists and their ecosystem”.
“They aim and silence voices which can be talking towards separatism and towards the perpetrators and instigators of violence, that’s the purpose,” the officers stated.
The safety businesses imagine this sort of concentrating on just isn’t random, however correctly deliberate.
“It’s by no means random. It includes watching motion patterns and discovering a weak a part of the routine. The spotter may very well be an OGW or perhaps a hybrid terrorist who just isn’t on the police listing, however has a pistol and intent to kill – similar to a mercenary shooter – paid to kill a goal.
“It’s an ecosystem the place solely numbers matter – therefore the sufferer might don’t have any specific trait to get killed – only a handy mushy goal. For the killer, who it (the goal) is, doesn’t matter,” they added.
Police had within the first week of September final yr declared Srinagar metropolis as “terrorist-free”. Nevertheless, there have been assaults on civilians and policemen after that as properly and the officers imagine the assaults are the handiwork of the “hybrid” terrorists.
Such assaults have witnessed a spike over the previous few weeks. On June 23, terrorists shot useless a 25-year-old shopkeeper, Umar Ahmed, exterior his store at Habbakadal locality within the inside areas of the town.
Earlier than that, on June 22, terrorists killed inspector Parvez Ahmed Dar of the CID wing of Jammu and Kashmir Police in Kanipora Nowgam on the outskirts of Srinagar.
The CCTV footage of the assault clearly confirmed that two males got here from behind and fired at him with a pistol.
On June 17, terrorists struck in Saidpora space of Eidgah within the outdated metropolis right here and killed a policeman from shut vary. The policeman was off-duty.
Exterior Srinagar, terrorists shot useless a particular police officer, his spouse and daughter in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on June 27.
Inspector Common of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar stated there are some sleeper cells, hybrid terrorists, within the metropolis, however asserted the police will neutralise the module quickly.
“We are going to quickly neutralise the module energetic in Srinagar. There are some sleeper cells that we name part-time or hybrid terrorists. We’re monitoring full-time terrorists however there’s issue in monitoring the part-time or hybrid terrorists as they return to their regular work after finishing up an incident. However, we’re conserving full surveillance and we are going to get them quickly,” he stated.