In 2017, the number of terror recruits in J&K is at 71, while number of those killed has significantly surged to 132.
The massive crackdown in J&K being undertaken by the army has proven to be a back breaking move for militancy in the state.
The Times of India has reported that the evident trend is the result of a strong ground intelligence. The number of terrorists killed by the army has outnumbered recruitment by terror groups this year.
Of 132 terrorists neutralized, 74 were foreign nationals while 58 were local. Moreover 14 of those killed were top commanders of LeT, Hizbul Mujahideen or Al-Badr. These included two in the “A++ category, four in A+ category and eight in A category, as reported by TOI. A++ being the profile used for the most hardened ones for their role in grave crimes
Apart from the hardening crackdown, cooperation between central and state agencies has also increased and it is paying off. After killing Burhan Wani, the ex Hizbul Commander, CRPF along with Jammu & Kashmir police has acted in such a manner that they made succeeding commanders hard to settle in their roles.
The evident example is after Burhan Wani was encountered , the counter-terror forces have been hot on his successor Zakir Musa. As per data through intelligence reports, this year alone, 14 top terrorists have been terminated, including top five Lashkar commanders Mudassir Ahmed; Mohammad Shafi Shergujri; Junaid Ahmed, Bashir Ahmad Wani and Mohammad Ayub Lone.
The Modi government along with PDP in the state has been successful in launching the offensive. Delhi, under Modi believes that only development can tackle the Kashmir problem while money keeps coming into the state for recruitment.