Jammu Kashmir News: The involvement of local Kashmiri youth in various terror outfits has been a major concern for the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. However, this year there was a significant reduction in the numbers as only 28 youths have joined terrorist organizations till May 8. According to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) sources, 142 local youths joined these organizations in 2021, while in 2020 the figure was 181.

Such a decrease in the last two years

The CRPF also said that 187 local Kashmiris were hired by terrorist organizations in 2018, which came down to 121 in 2019. However, when Article 370 was repealed, the number again rose to 181 in 2020. Sources also said that the number of foreign terrorists operating in Jammu and Kashmir has come down significantly in the last two years, while the number of local terrorists has increased in the last two years. He also acknowledged that earlier foreign terrorists used to account for 60 to 70 percent of the total number of militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir, but the situation has changed in the last two years.

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Around 163 terrorists currently active

CRPF sources also said that around 163 terrorists are believed to be active at present, 85 are foreign terrorists and 78 are local Kashmiris, who have recently joined these outfits. Considering this as an achievement, the force officials said that earlier the number of active militants used to be 350 to 360. The numbers have come down due to continuous anti-militancy operations by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. He also told that so far 71 terrorists have been killed and out of these 19 were foreign terrorists and 52 were local terrorists.

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