More young people are taking up arms in violence-hit Himalayan region of Jammu Kashmir, which has been the reason of three wars between Asian Nations, India and Pakistan since their independence in 1947.
State government data released on February 0 7 revealed that an increase of more than 40 percent in local youths joining militant ranks to fight Indian forces.
Some 280 local youths have joined militants in the last three years, with 126 joining in 2017, 88 in 2016 and 66 in 2015.
These numbers are higher in comparison to the previous years of 2014, when 53 Kashmiri youths took up militancy, with just 16 in 2013, 21 in 2012, 23 in 2011 and 54 in 2010.
The Indian government claims that militants fighting Indian forces in Kashmir sneak in from Pakistan and the Pakistan-administered part of Kashmir aided by Pakistan — an allegation Pakistan has consistently denied.
The idea of ‘Shahdat’ (Martyrdom) has been romanticized in Kashmir added to lack of political opportunities to resolve one of the longest standing dispute that youth are luring to the former idea.
The region has witnessed a 30-year armed insurgency to free it from Indian rule witnessed a new wave of uprising after a local militant, Burhan Wani was shot dead by Government Forces on July 8, 2016. The following five months of violence claimed 90 lives and injured 11,000.
The Home Ministry has asked Jammu and Kashmir state to formulate a surrender policy for militants and provide the young men with an economic rehabilitation program to bring them back to the mainstream, as per media reports.
At least 450 people, including civilians, militants and armed forces, were killed in the state last year, said a report by the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society released in January. The killings of civilians were the highest ever recorded, it said.
By official records, an average of 1,500 people have been killed each year over the last 30 years in Kashmir, compared with the annual average of 1,200 killed in the Israeli-Palestine conflict since 1920.
A fresh attack was averted by alert guards at the entrance of an Army camp in Jammu's Domana area on Tuesday.
Two motorcycle borne militants approached the entry point of the Army camp in Domana area around 4.30 a.m.
They fired towards the sentry post. As the guards retaliated the militants were forced to flee, sources in the police said.
"A search operation is now underway to trace the militants," they said.
The attack comes close on the heels of another audacious attack at the Sunjuwan army camp in Jammu on Saturday in which a group of three heavily armed militants entered the camp killing five soldiers and a civilian.
One more Dead Body of army personnel found at Sujawan Encounter site inside the army Camp, taking the Death toll to 7 (including 6 army personal & 1 civilian).
The Government Forces have been conducting search operations inside the Army base of 36 brigade of the Jammu Kashmir Light Infantry.
As per reports, 3 Militants, 6 Army men and 1 Civilian has been killed so far in the encounter, Many Civilians also sustained injuries.
The Indian Army has called it a Fidayeen Attack and held Jaish e Muhmmad operating from other side of the LOC responsible for the attack.
Pertinently a group of Fidayeen had entered the Army compound in wee hours of the morning in Sunjwan area of Jammu.
"There is no firing on either of the sides other than some occasional gun shots being heard, " Sources told The Kashmiriyat.
However the Indian Army has said that one militant is still holed up inside the Army compound and the operation is still on.
A gunfight broke out between militants and government forces at Karanagar area of Srinagar City on Monday morning.
A police officer told The Kashmiriyat,that two militants carrying pithu bags and armed with AK 47 appoaching towards CRPF camp of 23 bn at Karanagar was observed by the alert OP sentry who immediately open fire at around 0430 hrs.
“Immediately search operation of the camp periphery launched,” he said.
The officer said that after several hours of search operation the militants were traced and accordingly an exchange of gunfire started between the two sides.
Earlier, CRPF has claimed to have repulsed the attack, however sources said that the militants had reportedly managed to sneak inside the CRPF camp of 23 bn at Karanagar.
The police officer meanwhile told The Kashmiriyat, that it can not be ruled out that the assailants might be fidayeens.
1100: Heavy Exchange of Gunfire ensues between Militants and Government forces
1120: More Troopers rushed to the spot
1150: The Government forces have cordoned off the entire area around Karan Nagar
1130: Clashes begin between Civilians and Government forces
1202: CRPF man critically wounded during the Gunfight Succumbs to his injuries, Operation Continues.
1225: "2 militants tried to barge into CRPF headquarters in the morning. They couldn't enter the headquarters but sneaked in a building close to the HQ. 5 families have been evacuated. Operation is on," IG CRPF Ravideep Sahai
1238: CRPF jawan killed in the encounter has been identified as Mujahid Khan.
1250: More Troopers from Indian Army and SOG of Jammu Kashmir Police rushed in as At least two fidayeen militants hold up in a building inside CRPF camp premises.
1310: Clashes Intensify in Srinagar, Tear Smoke Shells being used to disperse the protesters.
1325: Firing continues between militants hold up in a building and Government Forces.
1400: Militants Allegedly cornered as Troopers move in closer to the building.
1415: Policeman Critically Injured, Shifted to the Army hospital for treatment.
1500: Mobile Internet Suspended in Srinagar.
1520: Clashes continue, spread to nearby localities around encounter site.
1530: Mehbooba Mufti calls for talks with Pakistan.
1600: Army brings in more weaponry, Troops.
1622: Lashkar e Toiba Claims responsibility of the attack, says it has nothing to do with Sunjwan Attack.
1700: LED Lights installed.
1800: Encounter is still going on, Details will soon be made available, says CRPF
1900: No Firing on either side, Silence prevails as Government forces hardly make any movement.
2000: Occasional Bullet Shots heard
2030:Heavy Firing Starts on both the sides.
2100: Sounds of Huge blasts being heard in the locality amidst heavy firing.
2130: Firing and blasts continue near the encounter side.
0900: After a Lull, Fresh Firing starts, Operation Intensifies
1000: 1 Militant Killed, Identity not confirmed.
1130: Firing Continues on both the sides, Encounter may be in it's final stage.
1145: Second Militant Killed, Operation Continues.
1230: Mopping Operations Start, Heavy Presence of Troopers conducting Search Operations.
1300: Encounter Ends with the death of two Militants, 1 CRPF Man, 1 Policeman Wounded.
1320: Unconfirmed reports suggest that both the Militants are Locals, residents of South Kashmir.