Gunfights fuel militant hiring in Kashmir: Report

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Srinagar: Almost half the recruitments into militant ranks in the Valley Kashmir after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani came from within 10 km of the residences of killed militants or encounter sites and these recruitments took place within 40 days of the encounters, an Indian Express report said on Wednesday.
The report said, these are among the findings of forces agencies in J&K, part of a report on militancy and recruitment in the region that set the stage for the Ramzan ceasefire.
The report analysed 43 encounters since November 5, 2016, until April 26 this year, in which 77 militants were killed. After the death of Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016, 121 militants have been killed and 216 local youths joined militancy. Of these, 104 were directly linked to the killing of militants in their area or a killed militant belonged to their area, the report said.
Each encounter sets off a surge in recruitments and new inductions into militancy far exceed militants killed in operations rendering even successful counter-insurgency a zero-sum game.
Militant killings anywhere trigger emotions across the Valley but in most cases, there is a strong correlation between the area of recruitment and number of militants killed from that area.
According to report no wonder then that 67 of the 104 recruitments took place within 15 km from a killed militant’s residence, 48 of these were within a radius of 10 km.
41 per cent of all new recruits were within 10 km of the encounter site, 27 per cent within 11 and 20 km and 18 per cent between 10 and 15 km, Indian Express reported.
Recruitments between 2010 and 2018 into different militant organisations came from 354 villages, including nine from one village – Brath Kalan Sopore and seven militants each from three villages – Heff Zainpora, Redwani Bala and Arwani Bijbehara.