By A Special Correspondent
First publised on 2023-01-02 06:28:07
New Year's Day saw renewed terrorist activity in Jammu & Kashmir. Terrorists struck at two places - a miscued attack on a CRPF bunker in Hawal Chowk in Srinagar district and a deadly attack in Upper Dhangri village in Rajouri sector of Jammu division.
In the first attack, the grenade thrown at the CRPF bunker missed the target and exploded on the road injuring a civilian. This attack did not seem planned or executed by trained operatives with the required degree of expertise.
But the other attack in Upper Dhangri village was well-planned as the terrorists targeted a cluster of Hindu homes a little away from the main village. They fired indiscriminately, killing 4 and injuring 9 others. The terrorists had come well prepared and knew their target well. No organization has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. A search operation has been launched to nab the terrorists.
After a brief lull in terrorist activity in J&K, which has led the administration to believe that such activities were declining, these fresh attacks once again show that although they are on the back foot due to the sustained anti-terror operations and the presence of a huge number of security forces, terrorists will continue to strike and many of these attacks will be deadly. Even as this is being written another blast in the same Upper Dhangri village in Rajaouri has been reported and one person has been killed and two others have been injured.
The security forces have to remain vigilant and keep their informers on their toes. The Upper Dhangri attack could have been prevented with proper intel as it seemed planned and involved at least more than 4/5 persons. The Army's decision to restructure Rashtriya Rifles is good as it should be turned into a world-class counter-insurgency force having the latest tools and the best weapons.