On March 11, the Indian Army conducted search operations near the Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu & Kashmir’s Jhangar and Naushera sectors and recovered two sophisticated pistols, two kg of narcotics and two kgs of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in a narco-terror bust.
The officials said, “Based on intelligence inputs, Indian Army conducted operations near the Line of Control at Jhangar, Naushera sectors on March 11. The operations led to recovery of the pistols, narcotics and 2 kg IED.”
Earlier, the Indian Army recovered 7 kgs of narcotics and foreign currency worth about Rs 2 crores from Mohd Rafique’s residence in Jammu & Kashmir’s Poonch district.
Earlier, it was reported that the Indian Government had made significant efforts to detect, disrupt, and degrade the operations of terrorist organisations, according to the US Bureau of Counterterrorism’s ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2021: India’.
In 2021, terrorism affected the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), the North-eastern States, and parts of central India. Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen, ISIS, al-Qa’ida, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, are the terrorist groups active in India, the report stated. A shift was observed in terrorists’ tactics in 2021. They shifted towards attacks on civilians and greater reliance on IEDs, including an explosive attack using drones on an air force base.
In 2021, 153 terrorist attacks were reported in India’s Jammu and Kashmir. The attacks caused 274 deaths, including 45 security personnel, 36 civilians, and 193 terrorists. Other notable attacks included an attack on November 1 in Manipur, in which the People’s Liberation Army of Manipur and Naga People’s Front killed seven persons in an ambush, including an Indian Army officer and his wife and minor son.
However, there were no changes in India’s terrorism-related legislation in 2021. India expanded the number of state-level Multi-Agency Centers to strengthen intelligence sharing among state and federal agencies.
India is a member of FATF, the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering, and the Eurasian Group. India’s Financial Intelligence Unit-India is part of the Egmont Group. NIA investigated nine cases of possible terror funding.
The Indian Army runs schools, training courses, recruitment drives, medical camps, and emergency services in Jammu and Kashmir to prevent “radicalisation”.