Militant hurls grenade at CRPF personnel in Kashmir, 10 injured
New Delhi: An unidentified militant lobbed a grenade on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Kashmir’s Tral area on Tuesday, seriously injuring 10 of them.
As security forces in Kashmir battled militants in the state’s Tral and Handwara regions, security officials and experts have warned of an increase in the number of strikes against security personnel in the Kashmir Valley.
Although the frequency and number of terrorist strikes will increase in the near-term, a clampdown on militants will deter such activities in the future, they said.
Indian security forces claim that the India-Pakistan border is now impervious to cross-border infiltrations after Indian troops launched so-called vertical and horizontal escalations.
While vertical escalation refers to stepping up pressure using weaponry, horizontal escalation refers to geographical escalation of forces physically in areas such as Poonch, Bhimber Gali and Naushera.
“There is a complete lockdown along the Line of Control (LoC) because of various rounds of defences set up by the army, CRPF and the state police personnel. There is an anti-infiltration grid in place now and it is now almost air-tight. The terrorists, who have already come in, will be wiped out before winter. But they will step up their attacks on us in the interim,” said a senior security official based in Kashmir, requesting anonymity.
Defence experts too say that the recent spate of attacks show militants are struggling to “achieve their targets.”
“These militants are trapped inside India and they have to produce results. They will continue attacking because they know that their families will otherwise be tortured, in Pakistan. The frequency of such attacks will increase before they are eliminated totally by the forces,” said Gaurav Arya, a former army officer and defence expert.
Late on Monday night, two CRPF soldiers were injured in a grenade attack in the Tral area. A senior Jammu and Kashmir police official, on condition of anonymity, confirmed that unidentified militants had hurled grenades at the CRPF’s 180 battalion deployed in the area and fled.
The incident comes a day after unidentified terrorists attacked a former Peoples Democratic Party MLA, in Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday night.
“Some unidentified militants fired on the house of Gulam Hassan Khan around 11.40 on Sunday night. The firing was retaliated promptly by the security personnel who had been deployed to guard the house. Militants managed to escape after firing at the police and the house, but no injuries were reported,” said a senior CRPF official in New Delhi.
Separately, the Indian Army and the state police busted an active Hizbul Mujahideen module on Monday evening, arresting two workers of the outfit from Kashmir’s Handwara area. Intelligence officials added that the Hizbul militants had been active on social media platforms.