Surrender of two terrorists in Shopian and Kulgam amidst encounters is a big change in the trend and success to the counterinsurgency forces. The surrender shows that frustration in the terrorists ranks is growing and could have aggravated after the raids on terror funding channels by National Investigation Agency (NIA). The Centre’s announcement of sending ‘First timer’ stone-throwers to juvenile homes instead of police custody too is a deviation from the practices adopted since 2011 when stone throwing became the main weapon of protesters using college and school going youth. Last year 78 people lost lives in the 65 days turmoil in Kashmir Valley. At that time also after over two months Centre spoke about tough steps. The hot pursuits that followed appear to have brought some good returns in terms of stemming the manipulated street anger. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at that time directed the security forces to go after those instigating youths to indulge in violence and try to bring back normalcy. Most of the victims of unrest at that time were young school-going and college-going youth who have suddenly found a liking for such occupation. Political lethargy too created a void which encouraged the instigator of this violence from across the border to go in full force; this could be one reason, despite curfew and presence of large number of security forces, defiance became a hobby for the youth to express their dominance and in control of the Valley violence. During this over two month turmoil last year not once a noise for shortage of essentials was raised in Kashmir Valley. The NIA raids have exposed the terror funding network which operated with impunity and kept the supply chain continuing without hindrance. The government should probe about the supplies coming from outside and how the Kashmiri traders made the payments. Do such actions call for charges under sedition laws against the promoter and perpetrators instead of just calling to withdraw facilities extended to the so-called leaders who have been known for their anti-India stand?
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