'Competitive Radicalization' Is Spurring Unrest In Jammu & Kashmir, Say Security Agencies

04/07/2016 1:29 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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SRINAGAR, INDIA - JUNE 15: People shout anti-national slogans and raise flag of Pakistan during funeral of slain militant Tanveer Sultan, who was killed in a firing incident in Kud town of Udhampur district at Bemina on June 15, 2016 in Srinagar, India. The family claims he was a psychiatric patient and was travelling to Amritsar for treatment. The Jammu and Kashmir government confirmed that the person killed in a firing incident in Kud town of Udhampur district was a militant who had fired at the security forces. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Security agencies do not mention Hindutva groups in their report to the Centre, but highlight "competitive radicalization" as a reason for growing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Indian Express reported today that J&K agencies have divided “radicalisation” into three categories: “political” by Hurriyat, a hardcore separatist organisation, “religious” by “socio-religious groups” and “online radicalisation through social media."

The newspaper reported that security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir have outlined various security concerns to the Centre as well as growing feelings of "alienation and anger" against the state government.

The security agencies are reporting a “47 per cent increase in militancy-related incidents, 51 per cent increase in stone-pelting incidents, 65 per cent spurt in infiltration and an increase in fresh recruitments” during the first six months of 2016.

The Indian Express reported that incidents of stone-pelting by civilians have increased during encounters and counter-insurgency operations in the first six months of 2016, and a 100 percent rise in participation of funerals of slain militants.

Citing sources, The Indian Express reported that 65 percent of militants trying to enter Jammu and Kashmir have been successful, this year, compared to 28 percent, last year.

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