After the abrogation of Article 370, terrorist activities increased in Jammu and Kashmir

After the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019, there has been an increase in some terrorist activities, including recruitment of militants, in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been on the rise for nearly four years, an official government source has revealed.

According to statistics, 231 militants and their underground operatives have been arrested in Jammu division between August 5, 2019 and June 16, 2023. This is a 71 percent increase over the arrests recorded between October 27, 2015 – August 4, 2019.

The central government had on August 5, 2019 abrogated Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The state was divided into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

From October 27, 2015 to August 4, 2019, explosive device (IED) attacks increased from four to seven, the records said.

Compared to four years after the repeal of Article 370, terrorist gun attacks and vehicle blasts have increased from four to seven. The percentage has increased by 40 percent. Terrorist recruitment incidents increased from 8 to 13. That is a 39 percent increase.

But when officials were questioned about this report, they said that the terror-related incidents were mostly confined to the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch. He said that since August 5, 2019, more than 65 terrorists have been killed in various encounters there in the last four years.

Meanwhile, the petitions submitted to the Supreme Court challenging the repeal of Article 370 have been taken up for hearing after four years. A debate is going on in the court as to how the central government revoked the special status given under Article 370.

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